London – Public work

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Country United Kingdom
City London
Name Public works
Date 2004
Description Public works is a critical design practice set up in 2004 that occupies the terrain in-between architecture, art, performance and activism

Together with their interdisciplinary network, they re-work the city’s opportunities towards citizen driven development and nurturing their rights over the city.

Public works’ projects are interested in what constitutes civic in the city and how to re-design structures that restrict it. The work gives space to and facilitates civic practices which promote direct involvement and collective action in order to transform and re-appropriate contemporary public life.

Their outputs are not limited to buildings, or art objects, but they include discursive events, research, campaigns, urban strategies, participatory art and architecture across all scales.

Their means of output is defined by what is most appropriate for the project and the urban context, ranging in scale from pamphlets to urban strategies. Its aesthetic and spatiality are determined by external collaborators involved, which makes every public works project aesthetically varied.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Strong
Tech Justice N/A
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June 8, 2018