public works will be charing a talk at 'The Lake' in
Southwark by EXYZT on
Can temporary uses change the way we plan our cities?
19th September 2013 from 6.30 onwards
Over the last ten years, the "pop-up" has become a popular and
legitimate model for occupying unused spaces in London – pop-up
restaurants and bars, galleries, public spaces – opportunities on
the one-hand for squeezing commercial value out of underused
properties or land, but also to bring activity and a sense of pride
to undervalued places.
Centre for Cities carried out research in December 2012 in a
report called Size Matters, looking at the importance of the city
core for small businesses and what policies should be developed to
specifically support small enterprises.
The Bankside Neighbourhood Forum is currently looking at how to
accommodate a more flexible and adaptable approach to built spaces
in the emerging Bankside Neighbourhood Plan. Will temporary uses
provide a solution and what principles could be adopted by the
The roots of pop-up activities will provide the context for this
debate. This session will discuss the future of temporary uses,
their relevance in planning policy and their role in supporting the
introduction of small, creative enterprises in Central London.
Chair: Andreas Lang (public works)
Panellists include: Sara Muzio (EXYZT) and Finn Williams (Common Office)
The project questions whether a common needs to be legally
established or can the way its public (commoners) use it as part of
a collective resource for collective gain become a new way we
The proposal ' The DIY Common' will use the unlisted structure
of an abandoned seating shelter opposite a listed bandstand in
Cheetham park, Manchester for a temporary café. The park is used as
a resource for what the cafe produces and serves. Attached to the
café will be a Dye Garden making references to Cheetham Hill and
Manchester’s once strong identity around textiles and dyeing of
textiles, and its social structures. The common becomes a resource
for sharing and creative production.
Later this year we will harvest the dead and fallen branches in
the park to fire a stove for the café and also boiling water for
the natural dyes. The existing crab apple tree in the park
will allow us to make edible products such as pies, jams, cakes,
crumble, juice etc.
The project aims to bring together a strong community to become
its 'commoners', and manage, use and develop the park as a common
resource locally. As part of finding this community public works is
hosting series of events in Cheetham hill, to establish different
The first event on Saturday 13th July was screening of the film
'The Lost Requiem' by Iranian film maker Khosrow Sinai which
subsequently launched the project in collaboration with Anna a
local polish resident.
The project is commissioned by Buddleia.
Congratulations to AAA and the City of Colombes for launching
R-urban in Colombes with a bang.
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