on 2013-05-04 07:35
'We liked the functions and potential of
So we adopted, expanded and made them open!'
Scaffolding systems are specialized, enclosed and consistent.
In comparison OS Scaffold is open and ragtag. Basic elements are
pipes, connector knots and endpieces.
Pipes can be any material and become customized with different
endpieces. Connector knots can be added all along the pipes and
again be quickly customized by exchanging its stackable
Appearance and specification can vary from heavy duty steel
construction to light wood and fabric structures. Quick setup,
growing range of compatible elements and the possible use and reuse
of different materials leads to a highly customizable system.
Beyond temporary structures we also see potential for a
gradual developing architecture, which grows over longer periods
from temporary to permanent, always driven by the needs and dreams
and ideas of the inhabitants
The project is ongoing. Currently we are working on the
realization of a first experimental setup existing of communal
space and workshop on the ground floor and a terrace and tent-like
structures as private spaces on first floor.
various construction knots
Visualization of how parts relate to
the OS grid.
First concept sketch by Lukas Wegwerth
on 2013-05-02 16:45
Since 2009, Okno is researching the co-evolution between city
honeybees and urban ecosystems in its OpenGreens and Bee Monitoring
programs. Bee colonies are now threatened in all industrialized
nations. Given that the survival of bees is crucial for human
sustainability, there is a great urgency to improve by all means
the ways in which colonies could thrive.
The research program surveys in an artistic way the
multiple fields of interaction between honeybees and the (urban)
ecosystem. It is remarkable to see how a bee population functions
and evolves very much in accordance to the human activities we are
developing around them: gardening and (urban) agriculture. The
production of honey is different related to the flowers we grow,
the plants we like, the garbage or pollution we produce. Bees are
very responsive to the different biotopes that we share. Though we
seem to have rather few insight into what constitutes the diversity
of our surrounding living place, and that's something we want to
research on a deeper level. As bio-markers, bees can give us
valuable information about living conditions in our continuous
productive urban landscapes.
To monitor the bees in a non-intrusive way we are
building Intelligent Beehives. These are hives that are augmented
with sensors and sensory processing algorithms that analyse the
quality of pollen and propolis as well as the behavior of the bees
in order to monitor the state of the ecology in the surrounding
areas. In a first research phase, the people's hive of
Abbé Warré was adapted to the grid of the Open
Structures project. The new Warré-hives are a
collaboration between OKNO Brussels, Fab Lab Barcelona and Sony
Computer Science Lab in Paris. The Intelligent Warré
Beehives are distributed in a European network, the data are
available online and the creation of local biological Corridors can
be consulted in realtime.
on 2012-11-12 20:06
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 07:04
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 2012-06-14 03:23
applied the OS grid as an underlayer for type.
on 2012-04-14 07:17
The OS WaterBoiler is an appliance that uses the
OpenStructures design principles to explore an adaptable and
scalable production process.
The Waterboiler is a design by Jesse
in collaboration with Thomas Lommée.
Coffee makers and water boilers are relatively simple
machines, yet their workings are typically inaccessible to the
user. Repair or even recycling becomes impossible: once the product
ceases to function, it is rendered disposable. The OS Boiler
explores an alternative approach to the design and production of
these ubiquitous appliances.
Based on the OS design principles, the
WaterBoiler’s (completely disassembleable) design and
transparent construction invites users to adapt, repair, and
combine with existing OpenStructures components. The limited
complexity of the Boiler allows new partnerships to emerge that can
adapt to the scale of production: a single unit designed as a DIY
kit to one-thousand units produced in a collaboration of
international suppliers and local manufacturers. Consistent
application of simple and straightforward principles in design and
production leads to an object that can evolve and adapt over
The WaterBoiler is the first object
that has been conceived at the OS
on 2012-04-03 23:07
Artist Gert Aertsen applied the OS grid
in a number of his recent installations.
more info at http://atkn.org/wiki/
on 2011-07-13 19:22
We mounted an aluminium frame on
the rear end of a vintage Piaggio Ape.
The cube as well as the ground plate of this rear end were
designed and built according to the OS grid
(the cube measures 120x120x120cm, consists out of aluminium
tubes of 4x4cm and has 5mm perforations every 4cm).
The vehicle is now travelling through 5 Belgian cities, where
5 groups of students will build further on the vehicle / cube (each
time giving it a different function) under the supervision of a
different artist. At the end of this road trip the different
installations will be brought together, disassembled and
reconfigurated with one another.
To be continued ...
Concept & reconversion
by Thomas Lommée and Jo Van Bostraeten