Upcyle it! - Wood workshop

Upcylcle it! – Wood workshop
14 – 19 h

with Kulturlabor Trial&Error

Come and convert street wood to furniture, make hybrid chairs from old ones and experiment with vacuum forming plastic.

Facebook Event

cnc-foam-cutting class

physical typography, tangible graphics, artistic-research cnc-foamcutting

"having fun learning about possibilities with cnc-technology and play with it. Get inspired and share your ideas! "

topics:
preparing files in vector software, file-formats,   generating g-code, cnc-cutting

fee:
10€ for members
20€ for non-members

time:
19.00h-21.00h

3-4 people , please bring your laptop

if you have questions mail me to: cvail101@gmail.com

Christophe

ODC Basic: Starch Plastic

starch plastic

In this ODC basics class, you'll learn:

the basic recipe
recipe variations of the Starch Plastic production process
how to make sheet material
how to use forms effectively to produce lampshades and bowls
flaws and existing challenges associated with the material
discuss potential product opportunities

At the event we will also give you the opportunity to produce your own lampshade using our batch process.

Workshop lasts 2 hours, from 19.00 - 21.00
If you would like to make your own lampshade, please bring an old woolen sweater you don't mind sacrificing.

Price for Citizens (members): Free (please sign up before the evening to ensure a prompt start)
Price for Guests (non-members): 10 Euro

For those who have attended before and want to come play, please feel free to come along.

ODC Workshop: Graffiti Research Lab - Germany

Time: Saturday, Oct 30th, 15 - 18 h

Description:

Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this workshop, we will give an overview of L.A.S.E.R. Tag, the original GRL software application made by James Powderly, Evan Roth, Theo Watson, and Zach Lieberman. We will cover download and installation for various operating systems, setup and calibration, notes on outdoor and guerilla projection, as well as an overview of customization of brushes, colours, drawing modes, and interfaces.

NOTE:

a series of informal GRL Hack-Jams for more advanced customization of L.A.S.E.R. Tag will take place at ODC throughout November...

Attendance & Cost:

Maximum of 20 persons. Free as in beer, though donations accepted from non-ODC members - all proceeds will go to further graffitiresearchlab.de projects and Open Design City.

Language:

English. A little more tech-speak...

Spatial and Technical Requirements:

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and laser pens, if applicable.

If you want, rsvp at the Facebook Event page.

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ODC Meets: Graffiti Research Lab - Germany

The Graffiti Research Lab - Germany are now in Berlin, and at Open Design City - we're very excited to see what the coming months will now bring, with this the first of 2 events in October. To be followed by regular meet ups and hack days.

Time: Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7pm - 9pm

Description:

Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this presentation, Two members of GRL Canada will talk about the lineage, aims, and context of GRL. We will give an overview of GRL applications, show where to download both the applications and source code, and discuss the formation of Graffiti Research Lab - Germany.

Attendance & Cost:

No limit. Free as in beer. (ODC and non-ODC).

Language:

English. Not much tech-speak, we promise.

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October in Open Design City: Events preview

The Mother of all Events Event was a pleasant surprise with many new and keen faces amongst our regular members. From this we have now created a schedule of events for October and November as well as establishing some regular dates for specific types of event.

Events are mostly free for members, occasionally discounted. To become a member you can sign up here, our Member package also includes the ability to visit Open Design City 4 days per month and use the facilities between 9.00-18.00.

Unless otherwise stated all events will be from 19.00 - 21.00

First of all the regular dates:

Every Monday Night is Open Night (AKA Baustelmontag), on some of these evenings we have also scheduled workshops in the space for members. These will happen in parallel within the space, members can attend these for free, non members will be asked to make a donation.

On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, Enable Berlin will host their meet up. Tonights event promises to be something special.

Every Thursday is ODC Basic, where members shall give a basic introduction to a new craft.

7 October

ODC Basic: Electronics
19 - 21 h

with Philip Steffan
Facebook Event

11 October

Foam Cutting Workshop
19 - 21h

with Christophe and Alex
3-4 people
20 Euros for non members, 10 Euros for members, places are limited so be punctual to avoid disappointment.

14 October

ODC Basic: Starch plastic
19 - 21h

with Jay
Fee 15 Euros non members, free for members
Facebook Event
Blog post with more information

16 October

Upcylcle it! - Wood workshop
14 - 19 h

with Kulturlabor Trial&Error

Come and convert street wood to furniture, make hybrid chairs from old ones and experiment with vacuum forming plastic.

Facebook Event

18 October

ODC bike club meet up
19 - 21h

21 October

ODC Basic: Screen printing
19 - 21h

ODC citizen Mark Splatter will teach you how to screen print your own designs onto clothes, fabrics and paper.

Free for ODC members.
Non-members: 15 Euro.

Facebook Event
Blog post with more information

22 October TBC

Laser Club - let's build a laser cutter
19 - 22h

with Tristan and Christophe

Our new friend Tristan will give a short technical introduction and then attach his laser module to Christophe's CNC mill. We will try to cut some some materials and talk about what is possible and how it could be used creatively and financially.

Free for ODC members.
Non-members: 5 Euro.

Facebook Event
Blog post with more information

25 October

Vacuum forming Workshop
19-21h

with Christophe
Members only

27 October

ODC Meets: Graffiti Research Lab – Germany
19 - 21 h

Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this presentation, Two members of GRL Canada will talk about the lineage, aims, and context of GRL. We will give an overview of GRL applications, show where to download both the applications and source code, and discuss the formation of Graffiti Research Lab – Germany.

Free entrance

Blog post with more information

28 October

ODC Basic: Pattern making
19 - 21h

with Bich Thu

Free for ODC members.
Non-members: 15 Euro.

Blog post with more information

30 October

ODC Workshop: Graffiti Research Lab – Germany
15 - 18 h

Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this workshop, we will give an overview of L.A.S.E.R. Tag, the original GRL software application made by James Powderly, Evan Roth, Theo Watson, and Zach Lieberman. We will cover download and installation for various operating systems, setup and calibration, notes on outdoor and guerilla projection, as well as an overview of customization of brushes, colours, drawing modes, and interfaces.

Maximum of 20 persons. Free as in beer, though donations accepted from non-ODC members – all proceeds will go to further graffitiresearchlab.de projects and Open Design City.

Blog post with more information


2 November

Cocooking member dinner
19-late h
(prepared by ODC team)
Members only

4 November

ODC Basic: Sewing
19 - 21 h

with Semi

This workshop will give a basic introduction to sewing and using a sewing machine. During the two hours workshop time each participant has the chance to make a simple sewn item. A selection of different fabrics will be available but you are welcome to bring some yourself if you happen to have some.

Partcipants: 3-6
Language: english/german

15 Euros non members, free for members

11 November

ODC Basic: 3D printing
19 - 21 h

with Philip and Christophe
15 Euros non members, free for members

20 November

"material experiment day"
with Trial and Error Kulturlabor
time/fee TBA

24 November

Presentation: Voice Recognition
with Halle
Members free, non members 5 Euros

Soon:

Workshop Blaudruck (Cyantypie)
19 - 21 h

with Kirsten and Nadja of Testballon
fee TBA


This list is in Beta, we will have news and more details, pricing shortly. Just a little something to wet your appetites.

Big thanks to everyone who came along, and to Philip Steffan for putting this list together.

Open Design City on Fast Company: Recommended Reading

A couple of months ago we got a visit from a journalist from Fast Company.

We were on fire that day, and personally I found the experience an opportunity to gain a refreshed insight into the passions, motivations and thoughts of the other founders.

Sadly not present were fellow cofounders: Tonia Welter, Philip Steffan, and Axel Stab as it would've been a great to get their insights and thoughts on the process also.

I highly recommend reading the article, it captures elements of the spirit of ODC beautifully.

We were on revolutionary form that day, and I'd love to get the full transcripts from Jude. Interesting aspects worthy of further exploration and documentation include:

"It’s not so much about scientific development, because this work doesn’t require rocket science. It’s more about creating the social interactions that invent new things" - Christoph Fahle on how Open Design City creates a space for innovation

“At the very beginning, she kept repeating: This is impossible. How can I do this? But then we spent 15 minutes together, she saw how it’s actually fun and easy to make, and she and her friends totally enjoyed it. They spent a week cutting like crazy, building a jailhouse out of bricks, inventing a method to join the letters. All that was needed was this little start.” - Christopher Doering on our culture of enabling others to make.

“Industrial culture says: here’s a product with a certain use or value. But products don’t work that way; things can be used in so many ways. You cannot say: this is a lamp; its purpose is to fill a space with light. That’s totally limiting. It’s also a gift from your grandma; it’s a personalizing touch in your living room; it’s landfill; it’s made of materials that cost something." - Christopher Doering on the need for an emotional connection and understanding of what products actually mean to us.

"The best way to get attached to a product or object is to make it yourself.” - Ronen Kardushin on why open design offers an emotional connection.

"We’re sustained right now by this big system that’s more fragile than we might like to believe. Distributing this knowledge [of how to make products] within the community gives us resilience, lets us fend for ourselves better." - Myself on the social and cultural importance of Open Design City.

Finally some notes from the Author Jude Stewart, place Open Design City in the context of an aspect of the Emergent culture.

"It's a movement that has the potential to upend traditional modes of industrial design and manufacturing -- and even change how we consume products."

"It’s an intriguing Mobius-strip vision of the next decade: the detritus of an industrial revolution becomes raw material for medieval-style workshops, a movement made possible by the crowd-sourced Internet, a populace tired of living virtually, and machinery democratized in price by a consumer base eager to buy the new means of production. What’s old is, indeed, new again."

The article touches on many of the questions as to why Open Design City is relevant for business (innovation), community (knowledge, community, enabling resilience), and society (emotional connections, sustainability). Whilst there are a few amendments - (chiefly that we actually have 2 cnc machines rather than the zero cited), I thoroughly recommend it - click here for the full article

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Enable Session VI – Testing business models for new collaborative process

Dear People

We will be running a creative co-working session on a brief from PayPal next Wednesday. The challenge, posted in Jovoto*, is to “Help Paypal communicate in a concise and convincing way what PayPal is and how it can benefit its users”

We want to present and work on the challenge together with you. From this, put together a few breathtaking concepts, which we will translate into a nicely presented proposal, post it in Jovoto and see how the rest of the community and PayPal like it.

As we stated before we think that working collaboratively we can come up with broader, more creative solutions. Now, we want to prototype it and test it on a real case. PayPal offers a money prize – which will be divided amongst all of us if we win! And most important it will be one more reason to continue developing this new way of working. We feel that this is a critical point in our development and we would be delighted if you want to bring your skills in.

If you are intrigued or simply want to participate in this revolution come along next Wednesday the 6th of October at 19:30 to Open Design City. You do not need to prepare anything, you do not need any special skills other than yours. You just need to come and be open to sharing ideas, re-mixing others ideas and collaborating towards a common goal.

* Jovoto is “A global platform to enable creative excellence through mass collaboration”

Enable Berlin

Open Design City in 2-4 Words: Discuss

It started as a thread from Christopher Doering - a couple of suggestions a prompt:

"Hello.

I was wondering what "ODC" is all about. And how to describe it in two or three words. Clear, unmistakeable and unique. It order to communicate to the outside and the inside world. Something like a brand name and a tagline.

Proposals include:

Open Design City - Creative Workshop
Open Design City - a space to create and share
ODC - Produktionswerkstatt
ODC- Make something happen

etc.

What else can we come up with?

Please make suggestions and send it back to me!"

I tentatively offered:
Open Community Space
Open Source Community Space
Open Maker Space
Community Maker Space

Then Christophe Valliant drops in:

Open Design City - merging minds
Open Design City - tangible learning
Open Design City - sharing knowledge
Open Design City - meet your peer
Open Design City - experience diversity
Open Design City - shaping future
Open Design City - Makerzone
Open Design City - Make your Goods
Open Design City - share your vision
DIY? DIT!
Open Design City - experimental zone for physical literacy
Open Design City - space for collaborative knowledge production
Open Design City - leave your computers
Open Design City - peer-to-peer workshop
Open Design City - Join the Berlin Maker Community
Open Design City - the world is physical!
Open Design City - physical thinking
Open Design City - thinking with hands
Open Design City - tangible inspiration
Open Design City - communicate by working with your hands
Open Design City - manufacturing ideas

How would you define Open Design City?

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ODC Basic: Electronics

LEDs in different casings.
Image via Wikipedia

Philip Steffan offers:

An introduction into basic electronics for everyone, on Thursday 7th October, 19.00-21.00:

- Quick recap: Electricity and circuits
- Cheap and easy to use electronic parts
- Enhancing your stuff with blinking things
- Prototyping and soldering
- Smart electronics and (so called) Physical Computing

Forgot what they told you in school about electronics? Want to learn
how to build little circuits for fun? Our basic Electronics course for
everyone shows you how to handle the most common parts like LEDs and
transistors and how to combine them. We'll also have a lookout on
building smart circuits with programmable micro controllers like the
Arduino. (There will be a separate class focusing on the latter.)

This is the first of our ODC Basic courses, over the coming weeks we will be offering this format as a regular event, giving you the opportunity to teach/learn the basics of any craft. If you want to schedule your own basic's event, or request one why not come to our Events Event.

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