Member Offer: Major Laser Discount

No doubt for some of you, the possibilities of Lasers are now opening up after our experimentation with DIY Lasering.

Well now the opportunity to experiment further has just opened up for Open Design City Members. From 1 EU per minute you can produce prototypes at Lasern (just around the corner from Open Design City).

This offer is exclusive to Open Design City Members, and is only for non commercial use (i.e. prototyping and experimentation). You can cut, Wood (up to 10mm), Plexiglass (up to 15 mm), Paper, Cardboard, Fabrics, Leather, PS, PP, PET, and a host of other materials (But no metal and no PVC). This is a very good deal.

Maximum size is 950 x 600 mm

If you want to take advantage of this offer then drop by ODC and we'll give you a member slip that you can take over to Martin.

If anyone else wants to offer our members sweet deals then please send us a mail.

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ODC Course: Skirt and Shirt


Skirt and Shirt - klassische Schnittgestaltung (nach Maß) und ihre kreative Weiterentwicklung

Inhalt dieses Kurses ist zunächst die klassische Grundschnittkonstruktion des Rocks oder des Herrenhemds auf eigene Maße.
Danach beschäftigen wir uns mit Möglichkeiten der Weiterentwicklung in ein Modell- auf der Grundlage des Schnitts können individuell z.B. Drapierungen und vielfältige kreative Ideen ausprobiert werden.

Zuletzt wird der Modellschnitt aus einem Probestoff genäht, um seine Passform zu kontrollieren und zu optimieren.

Für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene - keine Vorkenntnisse notwendig.

Jeder TN sollte folgendes mitbringen:

  • (Druck-)bleistift, Stifte, Radiergummi, großes Geodreieck (32cm), Papier-/Stoffschere, Maßband, Kreppband (Malerklebeband schmal), Stecknadeln, Nähgarn
  • Probestoff (also billiger Stoff, mit dem die Passform des Schnitts ausprobiert werden kann) ca. 1-2 Meter je nach Modell
  • möglichst auch: Schnitträdchen, Kurvenlineale

Termine: Dienstag Abend, 19 - 22 Uhr (5 Termine à 3 Stunden)

  • 23. November 2010
  • 30. November 2010
  • 7. Dezember 2010
  • 14. Dezember 2010
  • 21. Dezember 2010

Verbindliche Anmeldung (maximal 6 Teilnehmer).

Der Workshop kostet 30 € pro Termin für Nichtmitglieder, 20 € für Mitglieder.

Ein Einstieg ist noch bis zum 3. Termin am 7. Dezember möglich.

Enable Session VIII: Designing Future Housing (Life Edited)

Ever wondered how houses might be looking like in the future? Do you have some great ideas about how to reduce our energy waste and environmental impact? Do you know about the latest designs, technology discoveries or strategies that will allow us to live a better life?

We are doing a session on future apartments and house design. At the same time, taking the opportunity to present the concepts to the contest presented by Graham Hill (Treehugger) at Jovoto: Live Edited.

A great opportunity to research in things that matter to us, and get some cash* on the side!


House like a Tree by William McDonough + Partners

At our next session we will run a design thinking process on the Brief to find out concepts that are Human Centred and offer a real difference to us and our environment. And, although we want to do it around Graham's brief, we do not want to be restricted by it, we really want to find the greatest concepts for a better living. Continue reading →
We are already collecting inspirations, so if you know something that might help on the topic, please send it to us, we will share it with all the participants!

If you are interested in the topic and want to come to our next session, please send us an email to enableberlin (at) gmail (dot) com. (for this session we need to know in advance who is coming) and come to Session VIII, Wednesday 17th of December at 19:30, in Open Design City.

Liebe Grusse

*Everybody that wants to take the concepts forward and submit proposals to Jovoto is very welcome to do so, either as individuals or teaming up with other participants.
What we ask is that if you win, you will give a share to every participants, and another share to Enable Berlin so that we can continue to develop this platform.

** If you would like to see how we did it in our last session check Enable Berlin Session VI

basic sewing - the output

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Last weeks ODC Basic sewing workshop was fun and quite successfully completed. All participants managed to operate one of the three present sewing machines and produced a little gadget sleeve each.

Two hours time for the session were just sufficient to choose from a selection of fabrics, make the pattern, getting to know the characteristics of a sewing machine, overcoming frustration due to initial resistance of it towards their new operators and finally to hold in one hands the shining result! Unfortunately there was no time to take pictures for the documentation of this engaging process. All visual proof we can deliver are the pictures of two outcomes above this post, taken in the last minute.

As requested during this session there might be an ODC Basic workshop introducing to knitting soon. Would anyone else be interested in that? Furthermore there will be the chance to deepen your sewing skills at the ODC any time, using the ODC sewing machine. I will be happy to assist if I happen to be around!

Best! Semi

Design Smash Event

From idea to object in one night...

If you like Open Design City, you will love this event:

3...2...1...
The horn blows and a group of designers throw back a stiff drink before
plunging into  work. They are producing a laser-cut object... a design
that will hit the shelves in under a week. They have 4 hours to
accomplish this outrageous task, but amongst the designers are some of
the most talented people in the design and architecture world. Over the
course of one night,  they smash out a design as you party around them.
At the end of the night, you decide who gets the biggest prize and the
pieces are produced in front of you... on-the-spot.

Welcome to DesignSmash.

Berlin, London, Utrecht...

So
far, we are running simultaneous events in Berlin, London and Utrecht
on Saturday the 20th of November. Events will be linked live to each
other during the course of the evening and the audience will get to see
the entire process of design - from idea to object - happen in front of
them.

London:
Saturday November 20, 5 pm – 12am

Location:
CAFEAND London
77 REDCHURCH ST
London E2 7DJ

Musical score curated by DJ Origami will
set the tone as designers execute their concepts. Food and drinks made
available by our hosts CAFEAND will keep you company and there will be
plenty of other ways to get into the design process yourselves.

The
designers at this event occupy professional roles in many of the worlds
most influential Design institutions and architectural offices.

RSVP to the London event on Facebook.

Our Partners:
CAFEAND, ES Technology, Etsy, NOUS Gallery, Nous 4M,Jovoto

Berlin:
snake ‘n’ tiger
(Berlin/Techno) will get you in the right mood to design and dance.
There is also free T-shirt screen printing between 6 and 8pm (BYO
T-shirt) run by Open Design City and other cool things to do during the event so come early to capitalise.

Attending
as designers will be a number of rising stars in the Berlin creative
scene, as well as select people from major players in the open-design
community.

Saturday November 20, 6pm-3am

Location:
Betahaus Cafe Berlin
Prinzessinnenstr. 19-20
10969 Berlin

RSVP to the Berlin event on Facebook.

Our Partners:
betahaus, Etsy, lasern., modulor, Open Design City, Create Berlin, Jovoto

Utrecht:
We are also having a satellite event in Utrecht with  ProtoSpace Please contact Anu Määttä <anu@protospace.nl> if you would like to join in at this event or RSVP on Facebook

Location:

ProtoSpace (FabLab Utrecht)
Nijverheidsweg 16B
3534 AM Utrecht

Our Partners:
Etsy, Jovoto, Stichting ProtoSpace

... so really, what is DesignSmash?

DesignSmash
is a company for designers, producers and all-round smart people who
support ‘creative commons’ and the freedom of creative collaboration.
DesignSmash has a web-store where
you can purchase work and look up the designer who made it. We also
offer an open-source file-sharing platform for the exchange of design
work.

We
all have moments in our lives that are more energetic, productive and
inspired than others. When you design for us, we help you get the most
out of your time, so that the potential of an idea becomes apparent
very quickly.

When
we hold DesignSmash events we do so simultaneously in different places
around the world. This gives us the opportunity to share our files
across locations so that each group of designers gets to see the work
and techniques of those in other countries.

Website http://design-smash.com/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/DesignSmash/173623575984759
Twitter @DesignSmash_
http://twitter.com/designsmash_
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/designsmash

Co-Cooking Tuesday

At Open Design City we know our community is not only designing with wood, print, plastics and electronics, but also dabble in culinary design, aka Cooking. So we invite our members to participate in Co-Cooking Tuesdays to share their cooking skills and opensourcing their favorite recipes, experimenting with new ideas and mixing dishes, from soups to sauces,Hors d'œuvre to main courses, deserts to cocktails.

Format: Depending on the amount of food, availability of the participants and coinciding workshops in the betahaus and Open Design City, the meal is served as either a relax sit down dinner and discussion, open buffet and working-dinner for the busy residents of the ODC, or a Vokü (Volksküche) for participants of concurrent workshops/seminars.

Participation: Each Tuesday one member of the ODC is invited to host Co-Cooking Tuesday with their recipe and moderate the evening. Other members bring their own ingredients for either preparing a whole dish, warm or cold, or simply bring one food item to see what can be made from it from our available ingredients that evening.

Facility: The ODC has two cooking surfaces, a microwave, a tabletop oven, refrigerator with freezer available. Participants are required to bring their own tools like cutting board, knives, mixing bowls etc. You can then take them back home with you or contribute the the ODC bank of tools and equipment, available for next Co-Cooking Tuesday.

Practice: Last week resident Philip Steffan made a pot of Potato Soup where we sat around the table andd had a quick meal before going back to our respective workstations. This week 9th November, I will be preparing a batch of Splatter Sauce, an italian garlic herb pasta tomoato sauce, and a big pot of noodles to go with.

Cost: Free for ODC members, For non-members its Voku price of €2

As always, available from the ODC MachBar: Becks, Veltins, Club Mate and Chari Teas, all for suggested donation €2.

This Tuesday coincides with the workshop:

The International Festival for Creators - Open Calling / Presentation

Co-Cooking Tuesdays at ODC

November at ODC

Here's what Open Design City has to offer in November. As always: If you want to offer a workshop or use ODC for your cool event, please talk to us. Come in or send an email to odcteam@betahaus.de.

(This list might not be complete yet - sometimes events appear on short notice, but, hey, that's the fun of it, right? So check back, this page will be updated all the time, or follow the blog; we'll post everything in detail there.)

1 November

Baustelmontag
ODC's weekly open night of tinkering and creative collaboration, hosted by Philip.
Free for everybody, just drop in!

19 - 23 h

2 November

CoCooking - ODC Vokü
Resident Citizen Mark Splatter has initiated the first of our Citizen dinners. At this event, we will share food, time and stories – getting to know new members better, and scheduling new events for the up coming months.
Entry: Free (as long as you bring food).

18:30 - 21:30 h

3 November

Enable Session VII: A Visual Search
We are interested in creating dynamic new way of visualising our city – a user-generated online map, that can be added to and searchable by time, space, and participants.

19:30 - 21:30 h

4 November

ODC Basic: Sewing
This workshop will give a basic introduction to sewing and using a sewing machine. During 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.
Entry: 15 Euros, free for members

19 - 21 h

ODC Salon: Neal Gorenflo - The New Sharing Economy In this month's salon, we're featuring Neal Gorenflo, publisher of Shareable Magazine and co-producer with Latitude Research of a new report on the sector, The New Sharing Economy, who will talk about this transformation, why it's happening, the role of design and technology, and the opportunities in the space.

19 - 21 h (at betahaus, 4th floor)

8 November

Baustelmontag
ODC's weekly open night of tinkering and creative collaboration, hosted by Philip.
Free for everybody, just drop in!

19 - 23 h

10 November

Kick Arse Christmas
At this event we’ll explore what we can make and show other people to make for Christmas, and schedule events for December. Including perhaps a Christmas Party (or multiple parties :) ). Let’s Remix/Hack Christmas.

19 - 22 h

11 November

ODC Basic: 3D printing

Cancelled and postponed one week to November 18th! Sorry, a motor on the machine broke and we could not replace it fast enough!

15 November

Baustelmontag
ODC's weekly open night of tinkering and creative collaboration, hosted by Philip.
Free for everybody, just drop in!

19 - 23 h

18 November

ODC Basic: 3D printing

Open Design City has its own small-scale 3d printer: A makerbot (an open source 3D printer for everyone). In this workshop we'll tell you everything you need to know from designing 3d models and file formats to printing.
Entry: 15 Euros, free for members

19 - 21 h

20 November

Design Smash

“3…2…1… The horn blows and a group of designers throw back a stiff drink before plunging into  work. They are producing a laser-cut object… a design that will hit the shelves in under a week. They have 4 hours to accomplish what most do in a month, but armed with liquid bravery, a bit of training and all the materials they need, they smash out a design as you party around them. At the end of the night, you decide who gets the biggest prize and the pieces are produced in front of you… on-the-spot.”

Welcome to DesignSmash.

betahaus Café, 18 - 3 h

21 November

Rubbish = Resource: Waste based innovation in 2030

On the 21st November at Open Design City, you are invited to participate in an event that will bring together thinkers and doers to create and explore futures in which Cradle to Cradle, Upcycling and Open Design have flourished.

14 - 19 h

22 November

Baustelmontag
ODC's weekly open night of tinkering and creative collaboration, hosted by Philip.
Free for everybody, just drop in!

19 - 23 h

23 November

Skirt and Shirt

First of a five-part class on pattern/clothes design and sewing with Anja, every Tuesday night until christmas.

Full details including sign-up on the info page for the class linked above.

19 - 22 h

24 November

ODC Workshop: Bluetooth

(Info coming soon)

25 November

ODC Basic: Knitting
Knitting workshop with Semi. More soon.
Entry: 15 Euros, free for members

28 November

GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen

Following up on our last workshop, we will be discussing and building the bombIR project developed by GRL Canada.

15 - 18 h

29 November

Baustelmontag
ODC's weekly open night of tinkering and creative collaboration, hosted by Philip.
Free for everybody, just drop in!

19 - 23 h

23 November

Skirt and Shirt

Second of a five-part class on pattern/clothes design and sewing with Anja, every Tuesday night until christmas.

Full details including sign-up on the info page for the class linked above.

19 - 22 h

2 December

ODC Basic: Cyanotype (Blaudruck)

Learn all about this early photographic printing process. Full workshop description soon. Wikipedia entry.
Entry: 15 Euros, free for members

General

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 – 21 h.

Enable Session VII: A Visual Search

Imagine a way to easily map and search for curious spots in your city based on any interest or information…
Imagine instant updates, past, present and future events portrayed visually…
Imagine new ways to link and compare different perspectives of the city…
We are interested in creating dynamic new way of visualising our city – a user-generated online map, that can be added to and searchable by time, space, and participants

.

Visualization from the book City Crawlers by Your Neighbours

We are looking to map and visualize data and info online. We are trying to develop new ways of browsing through all the information available in the web.

And we are looking for anybody that is interested in it and would like to share some ideas.

The session VII will take place at Open Design City. Wednesday 3rd of November at 19:30

Enable Berlin Session VI: Our prototyping results

http://vimeo.com/15762984

Here is the video from our last session on Wednesday 6th of October

The concepts proposed at the session was one of the winners at the PayPal brief posted at Jovoto.
This is not just great news because it proves that we are working in the right direction, but is a first step in making our process suistanable.

We would like to thanks everybody that came to the session: Sam Muirhead, Adriana Uribe Spinel, Rica Amaral, Jay Cousins, Christophe Vaillant, PZuazua, Florian Hauk, and Alexander. And specially Open Design City for being the place to spark this creativity and new ways of working.

Continue reading →

Introducing the ODC Betazine

Our first iteration of the Betazine is now online, you can download it from here for a little monthly analogue reading. Ultimately we'd like to have a zine that reflects all the activities of the Berlin Open/Free/Alt zine - as discussed in detail with Trial and Error and other proponents of the Berlin Free Culture movement.

Download it from here, feel free to take the content and redistribute (please credit), or add your own content. We used zinepal to put this together.

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