Designing Economic Cultures is a research project that sets out to investigate the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects.

The fundamental question the project poses is:
how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?  Read more ›

Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

public works – exchanging practices

public works – exchanging practices
Speaking about the organisational structure of their collective and practice.
Introducing two projects with different economies.
Mapping the growing international network of colleagues, sites and work.

Kathrin Böhm, co-founder of London based art and architecture collective public works, together with Andreas Lang and Torange Khonsari. public works has been growing organically since 1999 and takes place in different constellations of partners and collaborators. All public works projects take place within and work towards public space, working for a diverse range of clients, commissioners and on self-initiated programmes.
Her teaching and research works includes an AHRC research fellowship a the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton and running Inter 10 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture together with Andreas Lang.


– a shared workspace brought them closer together;
– within their practice they try to reject traditional roles. Who is the architect, the artist?
– working in different constellations with people who are not part of public works;
– they are their own support structure;
– no time-sheets, just day rates and you pick how many days you want to work;
– the collaboration is about enabling each other;
– connecting the local with the trans-local;
– Eu projects are helpful for nurturing trans-local networks;
– have project participants travelling as well;
– Friday Sessions as a way to share experiences with friends and other practitioners;

public works
International Village Shop
Trans-local act – cultural practices within and across (pdf-book)