Winter celebration at Workshop 44

Before the well-deserved end-of-the-year holiday all the Workshop 44 crew celebrated winter at the Workshop with home-made mulled cider cooked by Lewis from the London Orchard Project, and some craft activities for kids and parents! A few residents from Regent Estate joined us for the celebration. Kids and grown-ups played with the Now>Press>Play immersive learning […]

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Is the human brain operating at the village scale? – by Alice Holmberg

Human evolution does not roll itself out at fibre-optic speed. Quite on the contrary, we humans evolve extremely slowly with unrecognisable differences from generation to generation. Indeed many scientists across the board classify our neural structures still as a “stone-age brain”. What if it’s not so much that we are still club-swinging, lust-driven and grunting, […]

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November 2013

PROJECT NEWS PLACEMAKING AWARDS 2013 SHORTLISTED x2 We’re delighted to say that two of our projects have been shortlisted for the Placemaking Awards 2013, which “recognise and publicise projects, plans, people and organisations that are making places better”. Our Alley Links project was shortlisted for “public participation in planning”, while Small Works Hackney was selected […]

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The Workshop 44 Halloween celebration at Marlborough Square

On October 31st 2013, residents of Regent Estate in East London were invited to celebrate Halloween with the Workshop 44 (Small Works Hackney) team at Marlborough square, and to bring this odd space to life for one night. This is what happened. >> For even more terror listen to this very terrific Halloween playlist while […]

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Marlborough Square ..or what residents want

This Saturday we were catching the last beams of sunshine as Small Works Hackney presented the research and community feedback on Marlborough Square. Over afternoon tea, residents from Regent Estate gathered to discuss their ideas for the space, be it activities, structural changes or decoration. Some of the children took matters (and chalk) into their […]

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AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER

PROJECT NEWS SMALLWORKS VICTORIA SUCH A LOVELY CO-WORKING SPACE LOCATED IN THE HEART OF VICTORIA! More than 7 organisations are based full- time in the space together with community members from Vauxhall estate. Loads of activities are taking place in Small Works Victoria; from Wednesday’s film night, computer classes for adults, Photoshop workshops to sharing […]

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Tottenham residents show their creativity at Our Alleys Labs

We’re thrilled to report that CLEAR VILLAGE has just come off an incredibly successful series of Labs at the old Lloyds Pharmacy space on Tottenham High Rd. Now we’re sitting back and reflecting – along with our local community partners the Friends of Down Lane Park – on all the inspiring ideas that over 150 […]

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SMALL is WORKING in Victoria

The many spaces available on Peabody housing estates all over London, made available with the closure of estate offices, now left abandoned and unused, served as inspiration for the project. The acknowledgement that these places could gain great social value by turning them into places where communities could come together is the basis of Small […]

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Small Works Victoria Opening

Mirela, ‘To me, Community is having neighbours that look out for you‘. James; ‘To me, Community is socially close and supportive‘. Hello I’m Small Works and to me, Community is opening my doors as a welcoming communal space. Small Works is a collaborative project between CLEAR VILLAGE and CIVA working alongside PEABODY on Vauxhall Estate, […]

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Make your square

On a beautiful, clear and crisp Saturday morning in Hackney, CLEAR VILLAGE and CIVA joined the community of Regent Estate and members of the Tenants and Residents Association for a day of design and making at Workshop 44. The plan for the day was simple; get together to share, exchange and have some fun while […]

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Dynamic Dialogues is back in Helsingborg!

Dynamic Dialogues is back in Helsingborg! The time is Monday the 26 November 2012 and the place Helsingborg City Theatre. We’ll be staging the third of Dynamic Dialogues Labs series and will again be thinking big. We will link up to the Helsingborg Vision 2035, who are creating and consulting for a vision for the […]

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MAKE YOUR SQUARE – 27 OCT!

  JOIN US FOR A DAY OF DESIGN & MAKING! We’ve asked you what you liked and what you were missing in your neighbourhood. Many of you have answered questionnaires and shared your opinions, and we are looking forward to more. Addressing the issues raised is going to be a process of many stages and […]

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The Walled Garden featured in the Ecologist

Freelance journalist, researcher and editor Laura Sevier has written an insightful article in The Ecologist about The Walled Kitchen Garden. The open-aired Lab took place in Bedford’s Park, near Romford (Essex, UK), and aimed to restore a neglected, walled kitchen garden for the community’s Food Growing. Clear Village provided staged actions and design advice that revitalised the garden and community. […]

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CLEAR VILLAGE NEWSLETTER DD#II

                DYNAMIC DIALOGUES CONTINUE Our project in Helsingborg constitutes a community driven cultural engine! Back in February and March we collaborated with the Helsingborg City Theatre for the first time. Together, we staged the “Dynamic Dialogues” as a 2-day immersive Lab with a diverse range of participants contributing, thinking, sharing, […]

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