on 2013-04-17 09:06
Read (or, well .. look at) the full article here
on 2012-11-17 04:53
“Welcome to the age of adhocracy. As the opposite of
bureaucracy, adhocracy cuts across accepted conventions and power
structures to capture opportunities, self-organise and develop new
and unexpected methodologies of production. It inhabits the
horizontal, rhizomatic realm of the network, in which
innovation—resourceful, subversive, anti-dogmatic,
spontaneous—can come from anywhere.” (Joseph
October - December, 2012
on 2012-11-12 21:06
For the kids toys project we took the BlocBox, an existing OS
component and cut it into pieces. We then passed these pieces to a
number of other designers, craftsmen, students and asked them to
build a kids’ toy or furniture from it.
The resulting object series ( a sled + a chair + a sand digger
+ a swing) illustrate the flexibility of the Blocbox
component as well as the new opportunities that are offered
by an open modular system as a whole.
The choice for kids furniture has multiple reasons:
First of all, small kids grow fast, so there is a real need
for objects that can adapt and grow with them. Secondly, kids toys
and furniture are most of the time very simple objects, which makes
them interesting for Fablabs or home fabrication. and thirdly these
objects have the potential to generate a community around them .. a
community of motivated young fathers sharing experiences,
exchanging knowledge and uploading new designs .. (and of course
eager to create thé coolest toy for their kid).
Last but not least, if your kid has outgrown its toys, the
components can again be reconfigured into other objects, such as a
suitcase or a toolbox.
Sled by Artin Aharon in collaboration
Sand digger by Ricardo Carneiro and
on 2012-11-12 08:04
In their adaption the water recipient, a salvaged, PET
was replaced by a cut through glass bottle that holds a 3D
printed ceramic water filter.
The WaterBoiler was originally designed & composed
It contains OS parts designed by Fabio Lorefice (3D
printed adaptor piece)
and Unfold (3D printed ceramic waterfilter)
on 2012-11-11 10:48
This family of household appliances presents a near-future scenario
in which users are actively involved in producing, repairing, and
modifying their own products. Each appliance is constructed from
3D-printed and CNC manufactured components based on the
OpenStructures design principles, standard components, and parts
salvaged from existing discarded appliances.
For each appliance, a single page manual provides building
instructions as well as links
download the OS compatible 3D printed and CNC milled components and
sources for finding salvageable parts. In combination with the set
of tools available at Fab Labs though out the world, the manuals
allow the appliances to be reproduced by nearly anyone, from nearly
The 'Transparent Kitchen Tools' project was the graduation project
of Jesse Howard
at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (july 2012).
on 2012-11-11 06:00
In november 2012 we were invited to Vienna for a one-day OS
Participants were asked to disassemble a number of used
electrical appliances to then puzzle new appliances with the
individual components. The results display first 'drafts' of what
could become open modular appliances.
The next step would then be to redesign all of the individual
components by 'syncing' their dimensions and assembly points to the
OS grid so that it would become possible to disassemble for example
a fan, a coffee grinder and an ironer to then build an orange
squeezer from some of their components.
Many thanks to Anita Peretti, Bernhard Ranner, Isaac
Monte, Nataša Sienčnik, Thomas_Traxler
and Kickie Chudikova for their kind collaboration.