Extra Ordinary Knowledge provides a showcase for fantastic examples of local knowledge and skills. To those 'in the know' these might seem 'everyday' but to the rest of us they can seem like magic! Come along and experience a Smörgåsbord of skills: from sign writing to comfrey fertiliser production, bamboo bikes to brewing!


12.00 Introduction by Nina Pope, Somewhere & Andreas Lang, public works
12.15 — 13.00 Drop-in Films on Making (left) (on board the Floating Cinema)
13.00 Melissa Ronaldson from The Herbal Barge presents Anti-microbials from your kitchen & towpath - a response to the antibiotic resistance crisis
13.40 Homemade Drones with Anish Mohammed
14.10 All things Comfrey with Charlie Seber
14.30 The Beauty of Brewing with Shane McNamara, Crate Brewery
15.10 — 15.30 Drop-in Films on Making (on board the Floating Cinema)
15.30 Juicing Demo with The Projuicer, Alex Noble
16.00 EMBX, Joe Stillion and Matthew Jones - Inside computers
16.20 Frank Marr from the Bamboo Bicycle Club leads a presentation Q&A about their open source bamboo bike making workshops
16.40 Make-your-own Cricket Balls with Thomas Benjamin
17.00 Ends

Films on Making 

Glas, Bert Haanstra, 1958, 11 min 
Glas is a 1958 Dutch short documentary film by Bert Haanstra about the glass industry in the Netherlands. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Haanstra's camera follows the subtle process of glass-making, from the handmade crystal glass to the automated bottle making machines.

The Makers of Things, Anne Hollowday, 2013 
'The Makers of Things documents the work and workshops of the Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a sprawling organisation with members all over the world.'Through these 4 little portraits, from the Model Engineer to The Woodworker, the films invite us to discover those 'makers of things' and their passion for creating. 
1. The Society 3'15 
2. The Problem Solver 3'58 
3. The Model Engineer 3'25 
4. The Woodworker 4'11

The Making of the Floating Cinema, O Production, 2013 11 mins

Planning for Protest - Lisbon Architecture Triennial.

If you happen to be in Lisbon over the coming weeks check out our contribution to PLANNING FOR PROTEST, which is a collaboration with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón.

You can download our full contribution here.


Planning for Protest is a publication, exhibition and associated project of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Organized by Ben Allen, James Bae, Ricardo Gomes, Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels, the project will explore both the social and architectural definitions of protest in light of the current global financial crisis. Architectural offices witnessing these events first-hand will provide case studies and project proposals for contested spaces within their own cities.

Participants include: Antonas Office (Athens), Studio Miessen (Berlin), studioBasar (Bucharest), Cluster (Cairo), Culturstruction (Dublin), Superpool (Istanbul), Ateliermob (Lisbon), public works with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (London), Ecosistema Urbano (Madrid), Srdjan Jovanović Weiss / NAO (New York), PioveneFabi with 2A+P/A (Rome), Vapor 324 (São Paulo).

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public works will be charing a talk at 'The Lake' in Southwark by EXYZT on temporary use
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 Plan?

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)