LEGACY NOW, is the 5th instalment of the event organised and
hosted by SPACE which brings
together agencies and practitioners to discuss issues surrounding
the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. LEGACY NOW 5 was co-organised by
Architecture Foundation who also organised a 2 day workshop
session at the Architecture foundation called
LEGACY PLUS. public works was invited to contribute to the
LEGACY NOW event.
The main focus for both events was the issue of temporary use -
an agenda heavily promoted by the LDA. Our presentation focused on
two projects which start to initiate and rethink local cultural
organisations from the bottom up. The folk float as part of Creative Egremont and the
Wick Curiosity Shop
which is an ongoing project in Hackney Wick.
Torange just came back from West Bengal in India, visiting the
three districts of Nadia, Medinipur and Puruliya in West Bengal.
The trip was to look at a specific art form in each area for which
a cultural centre will be designed. Visits extend to local crafts
which are mainly dying traditions, to see how they can be revived
in new ways in developing the architecture and the building
components of the centres. Our local partner 'Banglanatak' will
work with us in the villages and with the craftsmen and women in
developing these products, testing them and skilling locals on how
to produce and construct the components. The building construction
process will also be part of a skilling process enabling locals to
build more robust and secure houses for themselves. public works
will develop a building product for each district, closely related
to local skills and resources. We will develop fanzines to document
the process and keep you posted on the blog.
Launch on Saturday the 27 February 2010 from 5pm onwards
Exhibition open from 27 February - 27 March 2010
4 - 6 Short Wyre Street
Colchester Inn is a project about hosting and welcoming in
Colchester. On completion Colchester Inn will exist as an
independent, pavilion like structure, designed through a
collaborative process with local groups. It will provide a new
meeting and hosting space outside firstsite's new building and will
be available to be used by the general public. Each component of
the space will be designed and developed in collaboration with a
different local group around their specific customs of hosting and
public works were commissioned by firstsite to develop a
long-term collaborative project working with new and existing
community groups. The Knot Curtain is the first result of this
process and the first physical component of Colchester Inn. It is
the result of a year-long collaboration between public works and
participants from the Colchester Chinese Culture
Society (CCCS). The Knot Curtain will be on display in
firstsite's Project Space throughout March 2010.
The Knot Curtain is derived from the rich history of Chinese
decorative knot-making. The group developed a modular curtain made
of layered acrylic shape; these shapes have been drawn from
specific Chinese as well as local seafaring knots. Each module
doubles as a photo frame, inspired by the Chinese tradition of
showing photos to visiting guests. The frames can be used
singularly or joined together to produce The Knot Curtain.
The full process of developing the frame has been recorded on the
project's website: http://www.colchesterinn.net.
Over the next couple of years public works will continue working
with a variety of groups and individuals to explore how they host
others and to collaboratively create the Colchester Inn.