The Public Space Seminar was proposed as an experiment in how vocational education could be re-tooled as a form of training in critical thought and collective action. Students on work experience mapped the issues and spaces that were important to their lives, experimenting with group process and developing creative interventions into the urban landscape.

The first collective formed around issues of gentrification in the Church Street Neighbourhood. Under the collective name Public 10, the group designed ways of making future planning more accessible to those who lived in the Edgware Road area. Through a series of performed research-actions, Public 10 tested their ideas in practice, asking local residents how they felt about proposed changes to the neighbourhood while, for example, carrying their groceries for them, and conducting interviews with residents with megaphones across distances in public space and within the confines of elevators within buildings pending demolition. Their final event saw the creation of a market stall on Church Street Market, at which they served tea and conversed with visitors about their findings.

A collaboration between students of Westminster Academy and Centre for Possible Studies, 2010
Photos: P. Erni, B. Pivonkova, S Latunji.