Event: Building the City

On Thursday 13th at 10 am Open Design City will open its doors for round 2 of building the city.

Where last time we built with card, this time we will be building in wood, foam, wire, cork board and bio-plastic. We will begin constructing the physical and emotional space around us.

We want you to bring your visions into the mix, what you would like to learn, build and create? Propose how you would use the space for the greater good, what can you do for the city, and what can the city do for you?

Expect chaos, a mess, and great opportunity in the middle of it all.

Help us construct an open logo, means of communication and documentation, storage solutions, upgrade tools, and design the signs. Make your mark, make it your space.

Earn the right to call yourself an Open Design City Citizen, and create a space that you want to use.

Finish up with a nice Barbecue, a few beers, and the prospect of enjoying the benefits the space will bring you.

NB: Showing up doesn't oblige you to build something, you're welcome to come by and see what's going on. There are many ways to contribute to what we are creating. You may find and identify your own way. The key to the City is an open mind and the willingness to share.

Let's Make: An Arduino Micro Twitterprinter

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For several occasions during the  last year we had the beautiful "Please RT" Twitterprinter by Jens Wunderling at betahaus. If I got it right (and I am not a specialist) technically it is basically a hacked Apple TV connected to a small thermoprinter, monitoring some hastags via a small java application and then spitting out small "receipts" with twitter messages. You can see an example for the prints over here.

Whenever we took the effort to borrow the Apple TV and put everything together, I thought that there must be something easier with less expensive hardware to work with. Talking to Philip about the different Arduino "Shields" we concluded that an Arduino-Powered solution with a wifi-shield for maximum flexibility would the "the thing" for betahaus.

It seems that there are similar things out there and that we just need to put peaces together one of those days. Something is over here at London based Tom Taylors blog, some you can find at Yourneighbours, which are nearly literally our neighbours in Berlin/Kreuzberg. The missing part is up to the Open Design City Crew I guess...

Well, that is what I think about on Saturday Mornings. Just wanted to share.. ;)

See you at ODC this summer!


Let´s make: Rollwagen für Werkzeug

Für den ganzen Kram, der sich so langsam in der City ansammelt, wäre es schön einige Eurokisten und ein paar passende Rollwägen zu haben. Die Kisten kann man günstig kaufen. Die Rollwägen könnte man womöglich selber bauen: Mit einem Rahmen aus gefrästen Sperrholzplatten und Rollen aus zweckentfremdeten Tennisbällen. Wer macht mit?

What we have got so far.

Become a citizen of Open Design City

For years we have dreamed of a space to play, to build and collaborate. An environment where ideas are shared. A playground for design, making and experimentation. At www.palomar5.org, I was able to enjoy such a space, albeit for 6 weeks. Post event I felt a longing to return to this Bubble, to feel the energy of a room full of dynamic individuals creating in and shaping the space around them.

Now the time has come - Open Design City is officially open for residents.

We intend to develop the space in an open and transparent manner. We want citizens, not consumers of services.

The core vision is here. If you would like to be a part of this we would love to have you. A philosophy best described in one word - Share.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting revolution, then we will be running a space building workshop next Thursday (13th May), where we'll finish up with some beers and a Barbeque. Bring your passion, your desire, your ideals and ideas and together we can create something sustainable and truly special.

For those that just can't wait, or can't make it, come on down to Betahaus during the daytime and you'll be sure to find one of us to talk to and join in the fun.

For the pragmatically minded we will soon be listing tools, resources, skills and workshops. Watch this space.

Principles of Open Design City

Open Design City, is more than a workshop, it is a collaboration space in which new relationships and projects will be formed between it's citizens. Open Design City is a space that encourages the sharing of tools, knowledge, ideas and skills. It is a space to explore the principles of Open Design.

Open Design is design for the commons. Products that people are free to make, adapt, modify and build upon. The barriers to entry and access should be minimal. Open design products by their nature should be delivered in beta, perceived not as complete but continuously evolving, in dialogue with the user and the world.

To this end Open Design citizens should seek to share their work with the world according to the above principles. We shall be exploring with you new methods of monetisation and reward, and will support you in this quest.

The guideline for Open Design City is one word.


Share yourself
Share your tools
Share your time
Share your ideas

We look forward to sharing the space with you.

cnc milling ready to use

Check the video: cnc milling, viewed 90 deg. rotated

Es kann geschweißt werden

So, hier ein paar Eindrücke von meinem Projekt "Mosaik-Gartentisch": Erstmal wird das Gestell geschweißt. Die elliptische Stahlplatte hab ich übrigens per Wasserstrahl zuschneiden lassen, ist gar nicht so teuer.



meine Werkstatt im betahaus ist in Kürze einsatzbereit, vielleicht schon morgen. Als erstes werde ich ein paar Teile für Mocontronic-Messedemos cnc-fräsen, dann Teile für ein individuelles PC-Gehäuse (praktisch als etwas klobiger Monitorfuß, aber ohne Kabelsalat und frei konfigurierbar, semi-portabel und extrem leise).

Und für private Zwecke wollte ich noch einen Rahmen für einen Gartentisch schweissen. Mein Universal-Elektroniksteuerung für Schulprojekte müsste ich auch demnächst mal fertigmachen und eine schlichte/schicke Schreibtischlampe aus Metall mit LED-Technik möchte ich mal bauen...as time goes by...Möchte irgendwer mitbauen oder hat ähnliche Ideen?

Viele Grüße


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10–19h (betahaus rates apply)

Free and open DIY nights:
Every Monday from 19h.

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