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OS augmented workshop for Mobilotoop

on 2014-01-10 10:44
Posted in: OS explorations .

Work site+ is a futuristic visualization of an OS workshop.
This design proposal has been developed within the context of the Mobilotoop project.

From the Mobilotoop exhibition catalogue:

'The work site+ is one´s own or a shared workshop equipped with virtual assistance. 

Like to work on your bicycle yourself, but don´t always have the necessary experience? Work site+ shows wear and tear information, building instructions and handy tips for repair or assembly. The information is projected - according to principles of augmented reality - over your modular bicycle. If this still doesn´t do the trick, you can call on the assistance of experts for a remote demonstration.'

Design team:
Peter Baeyens, Peter Defreyne, Bram Boot, Freya Van de Gaer

Picture by:
Kristof Vrancken

OS interactive manual for Mobilotoop

on 2014-01-09 08:43
Posted in: OS explorations .

In this video, software and the Internet are used to make production and design knowledge more accessible. The manual in this example was created on the basis of the 3D CAD model, which was also used in the engineering phase. This model can be used by documentation designers to make different types of 3D CAD user manuals. Once the 3D CAD manual is finished, it is published on a free database, ready to be downloaded. It grants the user access to complex industrial knowledge, technical drawings, LCA reports and much more. The manual can easily be downloaded onto smart phones, tablets or PCs. Its easy accessibility opens up possibilities for a more collaborative 'open' production model. The example in the video is a DIY assembly manual for toys and a bike with modular parts. It is linked to the Belgian mobility project Mobilotoop

Design team:

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OS triangle bikes for Mobilotoop

on 2014-01-07 10:40
Posted in: OS explorations .
OS triangle bike by Jo Van Bostraeten & Dirk Wenmakers.

Triangle bike - Cargo version by Thomas Lommée, Jo Van Bostraeten & Andrea de Chirico.

Both bikes have been developed for the Mobilotoop project.

OS Autarkytecture

on 2013-12-10 17:30

Autarkytecture further explores the OpenStructures model on an architectural level.

Project introduction:

Instead of trying to anticipate the perfect building for a specific moment in time, the Autarkytecture project proposes flexible constructions that can adapt over time. The project calls for a built environment that is no longer the product of radical architectural theory, but one that rather builds on preceding architectural practices. Successful patterns of the past were explored and translated into guiding design principles for the future. Important inspirational books in this process were ‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander and ‘How Buildings Learn’ by Stewart Brand.
This research is about shifting our attention from the timely towards the timeless, from how buildings look towards how they feel. It aspires to integrate the aspect of time into design and architecture and to create a built environment that can and may change, that ages gracefully and just feels right. Moreover, the flexible constructions allow for a variety of overlapping functions – such as living and working – creating, in this way, an alternative and hybrid living environment.

Design proposal by
Thomas Lommée & Christiane Hoegner

Commissioned by Z33,
Hasselt 2013

The Sketchup file of the model can be downloaded here.

Some further explorations by Maud Bausier.

OS workshop Lissabon

on 2013-12-10 16:46
Posted in: OS workshops .

Z33 (House for contemporary art, Belgium) in collaboration with Open Structures organized the « Temporary Structures » workshop for the The Institute Effect, one of the programs of Close, Closer, the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (12 september – 15 december).

The main challenge was to challenge and explore Lukas Wegwerth's OS scaffolding system.

The workshop resulted into of about four days of investigation and experimentation, thinking and doing with around 20 participants, followed by a day of presentations and panel debate.

Many thanks to all participants.
And special thanks to Lukas Wegwerth and Laurens Bekemans for moderating the workshop, FabLab Lisbon for offering 'making' support, the 'Institute effect' crew for the generous hosting and to Jan Boelen for making it all happen.

OS Sydney!

on 2013-11-16 16:01
Posted in: OS exhibitions .

The OS shoes project by Eugenia Morpurgo & Juan Montero was presented and combined with Lukas Wegwerth's tent structure at Gallery Oh, Sydney from April to December 2013.

OS font by Tim Knapen

on 2013-11-09 03:31
Posted in: OS explorations .

Thanks thanks thanks Tim!

OS Arena by Lukas Wegwerth

on 2013-10-10 13:47
Posted in: OS explorations .

OS Agora by Lukas Wegwerth in collaboration with Wendelin Kammermeier
Especially designed for and used at the UdK Graduale 2013

It's also the first TÜV proofed OS design ever :)!
Ready for production.

OS trolley by Pierre-Benoît Pirlot and Saname Viseux

on 2013-10-10 05:08
Posted in: OS explorations .

Pierre-Benoît Pirlot:
"Open Trolley is a modular furniture based on the OpenStructures grid. With a very small range of pieces, we can generate easily many different arrangements.
All pieces are made by laser cutting. All vector drawings are open source and will be available soon. The trolley we've built is more like a beta-version : everyone is able to generate new models and pieces to improve or change when needed."

OS London!

on 2013-09-11 04:25
Posted in: OS exhibitions .