public works and 30 Bird worked with pupils at St Matthew's Primary
School to design The Factory. This is the first of five
structures to be built by this unique partnership of performance
makers, pupils and architects. Titled MUD it is a key part of a
long-term project linked to the redevelopment of the school
premises. The structures are designed to be outdoor play structures
and also to house arts and cultural events open to the public –
playgrounds for imagination that are open to all.
Over an 18 month period public works and
30 Bird worked closely
with pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and the
surrounding community, capturing their stories and triggering their
imaginations. The children actively participated in the
architectural design process.
When asked about the project, a St Matthew's pupil said "We've
never done anything like this before. I wish we could do more"
The Factory launched on Wednesday 27 November with music from
the school choir and Mawson Street Community Orchestra.
public works will be speaking at this Urban Research Unit
Economics of the Future City will broadly explore the
influence of future economic trends on the development of London as
a city. The event aims to examine a number of topics including
community based currencies, social housing and private development,
the influence of national/ global economic conditions on urban
growth and the role of the cultural sector in recording and
responding to the dramatic changes to our urban centres.
Jackie Sadek (Chief Executive Officer, UK Regeneration)
Elizabeth Cox (Senior Economist, New Economics
Charles Kriel (Managing Director, 12 Stories Tall)
Keith Brewis (International Managing Partner, Grimshaw)
Andreas Lang (Director, public works)
Research Unit is a joint initiative that will consider and
challenge the conventional approach used to plan and develop
contemporary urban centres. Urban Research Unit (URU) is a one
year initiative of Grimshaw Architects and
Futurecity aimed at
developing a fresh approach for intelligent and creative urban
placemaking within the context of New York and London.
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