on 2013-05-21 00:27
'British engineers have designed an Ikea-inspired flat-pack truck
which will be shipped to developing countries to help people in
remote villages transport essential supplies. British
will make the parts that will be gathered
together at two locations, one in the Midlands and one in the south
of England. The boxy, Lego-like truck will be shipped in pieces,
stacked six to a container which could normally only carry two
fully assembled vehicles."
"Our aim is to give people in the developing world an
affordable means of doing for themselves what they rely on
outsiders for--fetching water, distributing seed and fertiliser,
carrying people and produce to market and providing access to
medical help." Sir
Global Vehicle Trust (GVT) has created a prototype truck to
bring cheap and reliable transportation to the developing world.
The aim was simple - GVT wanted to create a reliable,
cost-effective, work-horse for people in the world’s most
remote places. After considerable design work the 2.2 liter, diesel
driven OX was born. Weighing in at 1,500kg the OX “will seat
13 people, carry eight 44 gallon oil drums” or deliver a
2,000kg payload, which ever you choose.
But to truly make the OX widely accessible, GVT took a page
from modern furniture manufactures and turned the OX into a flat
package for easy shipping and assembly on site. Once packed, six
OXs can fit inside a single shipping container.
on 2013-05-04 08:35
'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 2013-05-03 11:12
“ 'Adhocracy' brings
together an international group of designers, practitioners,
networks, and platforms responding to epochal changes and
questioning the very definition of design."
contributions by Ricardo
, Jo Van Boastraeten, Christiane Hoegner
, Marijn van der
, Artin Usta, Lukas
Caillaud, Eugenia Morpurgo
Montero and Jesse
will be shown.
Apart from that all exhibition
support structures have been designed according to the OS grid as a
continuation of the tablescape scenography that was developed
earlieron by Christiane
for the OS
exhibit in Milan
courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit
New York, USA
May - July, 2013
on 2013-05-02 17:45
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 2013-05-02 16:49
OS shoe soles is an OS compatible version of the 'Don't run'
concept shoes by Eugenia
Morpurgo & Juan Montero, in collaboration with Sophia
This new OS piece comes as a double-layered, dismountable shoe
sole, in which some of the connection points and parts are designed
from the OS grid.
As the whole shoe is designed for disassembly it can be easily
taken apart into silicon assembly buttons, a number of perforated
rubber sheets (the soles), a rope and a piece of
As most perforations are OS compatible (see red dots on the
shoe sole), all of these individual components can be recombined
with existing OS parts (probably after some cutting) in order to be
reused in new OS objects.
For more info on the 'Don't run' concept shoe, please
Designed for disassembly.
'Sewn tegether' into a pair of shoes
with OpenStructures assembly point pattern.
Profile, front, back!
The shoe production itself is reduced
to only a few very simple assembly steps.The use of rapid
manufacturing machines, like lasercutters, within a simplified
assembly process will transfer shoe production lines from factory
floors to the streets. The customer, viewer or citizen will become
an active participant, engaging in production and, in doing so,
playing an important role in the making of his or her own
pair of shoes.
Alignment of the shoe sole assembly
point pattern to the OS grid.