‘Ministry of Common Land’ is a room in The Garden of Privatised Delights, designed by Public Works, a not-for-profit critical design practice.
Can we develop new strategies for land ownership and use?
This room calls for architects to challenge the enclosure of land for the profit of the few, and innovate in new forms of practice to make this possible.
Inside, visitors will discover the findings of the ministry’s first people’s assembly. Current and future propositions for land ownership are performed on banners across the walls, alongside symbolic architectural elements designed to support the ministry and its position in society.
Through their installation, Public Works ask how land could move away from being a market commodity to be reimagined as a resource for the long-term protection of people and the planet.
We talked to Public Works when they first came up with the concept in 2020, and then spoke to them again in April 2021 to see how the pandemic had made them reflect on their concept. Below, you can watch the original interview when we first interviewed them about their concept in 2020. The 2021 interview can be seen above.