This is a Call for young teams of architects, designers,
artists, students or professionals of ecological building, who are
interested in recycling and eco-design and who are keen to develop
full scale prototypes within the framework of a civic project in a
suburban town near Paris. They should be passionate makers and
possibly also fans of… AAA’s work.
Please have a look into this Call for Residency (bellow), which
is the first in a series that we initiate within the R-Urban
project currently developed in Colombes(http://r-urban.net/).
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We
are really excited about possible collaborations and look forward
to receiving your expression of interest!
Recyclab is part of the R-urban network of projects.
PS. Please feel free to circulate the information within your
The Open Charter Agency would like to invite
you to our second public discussion forum on Tuesday 16
April at 6:30pm.
The discussion will address different forms of knowledge
exchange and modes of learning as an essential part of experimental
and engaged spatial practice, and the potential for alternative
forms of education as a driver of change within the architecture
and design professions.
16 April, 6:30pm
The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, London E9
This upcycling project by public works
demonstrates how, with very little material resource, one
can upcycle low value objects into higher value products.
The project was conceived and delivered by public
works, in collaboration with ROOFLESS art
practice and clothing collection, as part of SHOPPORTUNITY – a
project to improve shop frontages on Wood Street, Walthamstow,
E17. New Life Charity Shop at 135 Wood Street hosted the
project, providing 70% of the raw materials used to create a
shop window display system, and an upcycled clothing collection
called ‘A New Life’.
public works also worked
with staff and students from the Fashion Department, HND course at
Waltham Forest College to breath new life into an odd
assortment of clothing donated to the shop. Together they
have produced a range of fabulous high fashion items all with
specific stories behind them.
New Life Charity Shop is an incredible place of hidden
treasures. A bespoke window display unit aims to highlight
these treasures within old picture frames found in the shop. The
display unit was designed and built by public
works and accommodated a workbench for a short period, to
enable the design team to work in the shop window upcycling
clothing and shoes.
The upcycled clothing collection – ‘A New Life’ will be
unveiled, alongside the students’ works, at a fashion show on
Saturday 23rd March 2013 at 12 noon in Wood Street Plaza, E17. The
designers will be present to describe the project and the
stories behind each item of clothing, and share upcycling
tips. Following the fashion show items can be purchased from
New Life Charity shop itself. The proceeds of the sales will
go to New Life Charity supporting children's education and welfare
in third world countries.
Saturday 23rd March
12 noon – 1.30 p.m
Wood Street Plaza, E17
Our R-URBAN-WICK project
is published in this month Blueprint magazine if you
want to find out more about the project visit our brand new
website exclusively dedicated to
To download the pdf of article from Blueprint click here or even better buy the
magazine to see it in full analog glory.
CHARTER, Our collaboration with Owen
Pritchards and Urban Projects Bureau for
the Venice Biennale is coming to the London. From the 26th of
February until the 27th of April it will be on display at
RIBA as part of Venice
Open Charter Agency is a platform for
discussion and action for the architecture profession and those
disciplins involved with architecture to clarify, critique and act
upon critical issues determining the wider role of the architect
and their identity as a catalyst for change.
Open Charter Agency supports politicised and
experimental practices that are searching for change within and
outside of the accepted norms and codes of the established
Open Charter Agency is motivated by a desire to
reaffirm the social, ethical and political qualities of
contemporary spatial practice that are vital to the progress of
society and the architect as a valuable agent in the world.
What we are doing
Open Charter Agency was conceived after
extensive direct research into the image, role and definitions of
the architect around the world, collecting over 5000 voices which
revealed widespread confusion and fear of architecture as a
profession. You can see all these profiles and comments at the RIBA
There are a number of ways to participate and offer your
Open Charter Agency at the RIBA
Three afternoons a week, the OCA will be in residence at the RIBA.
Here you will be able to contribute to the ideas further and look
through the research that underpins our current themes.
Activism in Architecture
Architects in residence
Knowledge transfer and models of learning
Visitors can also feed back at the residency desk when it is
unmanned. It is possible to record comments under the themes on the
wall, which will be collated and incorporated into the discussion
Open Charter Agency Discussion Forums:
Over the course of five events we will be inviting speakers and
guests to participate in critical conversations surrounding
alternative modes of architectural engagement within the built
environment. We invite you to join us to offer ideas, criticism and
support for the OCA and play an integral part of forming and
informing this way of working.
The four themes for the evenings have been established in
response to the thousands of submissions we gathered on our
research trips and through the installation at the Venice
25th March – Opening Discussion - Open Charter Agency
9th April – Architects in Residence
16th April – Knowledge exchange and modes of learning
20th April - Empowerment
23rd April – Activism
Please check http://open-charter.net/ for
research upto Venice Biennale
RIBA, 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD
26 February 2013 - 27 April 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR COLLABORATORS, SUPPORTERS,
HELPERS AND FRIENDS FOR A PRODUCTIVE 2013.
WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL X-MAS BREAK AND A HAPPY NEW
FROM ALL OF US AT PUBLIC WORKS
A VISIT TO CHARLIE SEBER'S COMFREY FIELD IN LEYTON
WHEN: Sunday 2nd December 2012, from 1 - 3pm
WHERE: Car park outside the Lee Valley Riding
Centre, 71 Lea Bridge Rd., London, E10 7QL
RSVP: Places are limited, so please book in
38 years ago Newham resident Charlie
Seber adopted an overlooked piece of land in
the Lee Valley. Ever since, he has used it to cultivate masses
of comfrey. Charlie will give us a guided tour of his field,
talk about comfrey' s unique qualities and his many
different experiments with the plant.
The walk will set off from the Lee Valley Riding Centre car park,
where a workshop will be set up within Wick On
Wheels – our mobile project space made from a
specially re-purposed milk float. The workshop will feature
various experiments from Charlie’s home laboratory,
ranging from plant regulated growing systems using recycled
bath tubs to a cure for blight using garlic pulp.
This event is part of our Experiments in Household Knowledge – a
series of collaborations with East London ecological and
environmental innovators. The project will explore and
showcase unusual and inventive ways of making and
experimenting. From new gardening techniques to alternative
forms of energy production or innovative recycling methods, we’ll
be sharing a range of unique and often self-taught skills
through walks, talks and hands-on workshops.
in Household Knowledge is a public works project commissioned by
Legacy Development Corporation anticipating the
opening of the new North Park Hub building in Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. The project is also part
a two year long project establishing practices and networks of
urban resilience supported by the EU
Life+ programme on environmental
works we like to show - questions we ask ourselves
We are exicted to have self published a collection of our
projects in a print on demand book. 12 selected projects,
"works we like to show", illustrate and explain
our take on spatial production, accompanied by an interview with us
- "questions we ask ourselves". You can order a
print on demand copy of the publication via
Graphic design by Villalba/Lawson
Public works will be taking part and running a workshop
at BOTTOM UP!
Independent Culture and its impact on policitcs and
society initiated by Trans Europe Halles, a european
network of independent cultural centres. The meeting will take
place in Gothenburgh on the 27th-30th of September 2012.
Independent culture can be a powerful lobbying force in
political discourse and in various processes of change such as
urban planning, unfortunately it is not always on the agenda.
Through a number of workshops and presentations at this meeting, we
will investigate and develop new, far-reaching methods and
approaches aiming at creating an impact on audiences, policy-makers
and the public. This may involve mobilizing advocacy campaigns,
learning about public policy and decision-making or how to use
artistic expression as a means of attract public attention. All
these action initiatives come from the Bottom Up, instead of from
the Top Down, where free culture must adapt to the decisions made
from above. Through examples and lively discussions, the conference
will illuminate the value of culture. It will also inspire
independent cultural operators to engage in direct action.