Radical Vokü

We propose an experimental co-cooking night including the likes of ginger, bamboo, wasabi, turmeric, lotus, hops and asparagus - all rhizomes, also know as radicals, or non-hierarchial plants.

We'll invent some interesting combinations and eat rhizomatic dishes, as a collaborative exchange.  Of course, non-rhizomatic ingredients will be allowed ... rice might be nice, lettuce, or whatever comes to mind.  Some basic ingredients and ideas will be available, but feel free to bring whatever inspires you.  Should be tasty.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhizom_(Philosophie)

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Mesh Up Monday - knitting*sewing*textilehacking now every 4th Monday

join mesh>>up>>>monday!

Every 4th Monday of each month!
The regular meeting for all kinds of needle work at the Open Design City. Come along to work on your knitting or sewing project, or get to learn knitting, sewing or other related techniques!
If you have a special request to learn something or want to teach something to us let us know in the comments on this page and we will be prepared!
Two sewing machines, some material, (knitting)needles and yarn are available for trying out stuff. You are also welcome to bring your own materials even if you don't know how to use them yet!

PS: The electronics-hacking meeting "baustelmontag" is running parallel at the same time and place - so if you are woking on a textile+electronics project (e.g. wearable electronics) MeshUpMonday is the place to be for you!

Baustelbar #2

Baustelbar continues in March with the second installment on Thursday, 17th!

The first Baustelbar in February was a success with talks by Amanda Pur, Jay Cousins, Judith Meijer and Daniel Brachman and several workshops by ODC residents and Kulturlabor Trial and Error. So we'll do it again:

Baustelbar is a night of short presentations, show and tell workshops and social interaction, once a month at betahaus Berlin (Café and Open Design City).

Timetable:

19 h: Come in, have a beer, interact at the bazaar
20 h: Introduction of all projects, four short presentations (10 mins each)
21 h: More beer, more interaction, workshops

Speakers:

Workshops:

Build your own Berliner Hocker with Le Van Bo. Cost: 10 Euros per Person.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHPxbc0rYX8[/youtube]

Important: Please sign up until Wednesday 17th so we can buy enough wood! Signup form.

You:

The presentation slots will be filled at the beginning of the event, barcamp-style. Talk about your project, either finished, in progress or planned or enlighten us about your work related to ODC's areas of interest, such as tinkering/hacking, creativity, upcycling, crafts and arts, open design etc.

The bazaar will be your show and tell area with lots of tables. Show your project, invite spectators to become active or build something during the night. Tables will be given to anyone interested. (Make sure you arrive at 18 h for setup.)

Of course, you can be both a speaker and have a bazaar table at Baustelbar, so you can talk about the ideas and specifics of your projects in front of the audience first and then invite people to have a closer look.

If you are shy, it's okay to just be a spectator. There will always be a next time for your to present. :)

If you already know that you want to talk and/or show your project, please let us now so we can plan ahead: Send Philip an e-mail at philip@bausteln.de. If you can't make it on the 17th but would love to do something the next time, let us know as well.

Facebook event.

Street Lab @ ODC

The GRL Germany are continuing to rock events out of Open Design City, following on from their activities at the Cognitive Cities Conference.

As a part of the Street Lab meets Berlin festival, you can join in the following activities. They are busy as ever though with even more happening over the course of the event, so follow the link for details.

In the opening night of the festival GRL Germany will present their new laser tagging tool blitzTag at the grounds of Prinzessinnengarten within a stone throw away from Open Design City.

Like earlier versions of laser tagging apps such as LaserTag, blitzTag is tracking a laser point across the face of a building and generating graphics based on the laser's position which then get projected back onto the building with a high power projector.

Fri, 11th of March, 10 pm - midnight
Venue: Prinzessinnengarten / Moritzplatz

At Saturday we will open ODC for visitors from noon. At that time, people can try-out bombIR, or ask any questions about the evening before (blitzTag).

1:00-1:45 pm GRL Germany will give a talk which will be an introduction to GRL background and philosophy, with a behind-the-scenes look at some of our open-source tools, such as blitzTag and bombIR.

This will be followed by an LED-Throwie workshop by Sid (Shine in Decay) at 2 pm.  We are going to make a whole lot of LED's which will be installed the same evening in cooperation with another part of the festival.

A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together.

Sat, 12th of March
ODC opening time: 12am - 6pm
GRL Germany talk: 1pm
LED-Throwie Workshop: 2pm - 5pm
Venue: Open Design City / Betahaus

Dingfabrik meets ODC: Concrete Lamp stands

Beton Lampenfuß / Concrete Lampstand

Dingfabrik are coming to Berlin in April, and thought it would be nice to run a workshop which will really complement our lampshade production.

Description EN:
This workshop is all about concrete: Come over to ODC and built yourself a concrete lamp stand or bring your own ideas!

We'll use old plastic bottles and tetra packs as molds (please bring your own along), that we can shape with strings and clamps. The lampstand will be supplied with cable, swith and a bulb sockel, that allows to add a standard lampshade later.

If you like to create your own idea with concrete, you can bring along your own form (plastic forms work best) or built your individual mold from styropor during the workshop.

The objects must dry for at least 24 hours. You can come by e.g. thursday night to unmold, connect cables and take your finished object home.

If you like to build a lampstand: Please sign up so we can bring enough material.

Admission:
ODC Members: free
ODC Guests: 5 €

Material:
Lampstand: 12 €
Your ideas: 5 €

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Description DE:
Bei diesem Workshop dreht sich alles um Beton: Kommt vorbei und baut mit uns Beton-Lampenfüße – oder bringt eure eigene Idee mit!

Als Gussform für die Lampenfüße verwenden wir alte Plastikflaschen oder Tetra-Packs (bitte mitbringen!), die mit Schnüren und Schraubzwingen „aus der Form“ gebracht werden können. Die Lampenfüße werden mit Kabel, Schalter und einem Lampensockel mit Standard-Außengewinde gegossen, so dass später auch Lampenschirme aufgeschraubt werden können.

Wer eine eigene Idee umsetzen möchte, kann auch andere Formen zum Ausgießen mitbringen (am besten aus Plastik) oder sich im Workshop eine eigene Gussform aus Styropor bauen.

Die gegossenen Objekte müssen mind. 24 Stunden trocken und können z.B. Donnerstag Abend in der ODC entschalt, fertig verkabelt und mitgenommen werden.

Wer einen Lampenfuß bauen will: Bitte vorher anmelden, damit wir genug Material besorgen!

Teilnahme:
ODC Mitglieder: kostenlos
ODC Gäste: 5 €

Materialkosten:
Lampenfuß: 12 €
Freie Ideen: 5 €

Register for Dingfabrik meets ODC: Concrete Lamp stands in Berlin, Germany  on Eventbrite

3D Design Workshop - printing in 3D

mendel - 3d Workshop at ODC

For those of you who might have heard or seen the 3D printer in action this week at ODC, or just missed the first part of the 3D design for digital fabrication Workshop Series, here it comes:

The second part of the 3D Design for digital Manufacturing Workshop will take place next week, on
Tuesday, the 22.02.2011 from 20:00 till 23:00+.
this time also with Philip from http://bausteln.de/, Mendel, and the Makerbot

Open Design City, Betahaus
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19–20, Berlin
Dates:
Workshop 1: 20 January 2011, 7 pm
Workshop 2: 22 February 2011, 8 pm
Workshop 3: tbc

Content:
This workshop series aims to acquire some experience with building objects in 3d, modifying them, and preparing them for digital fabrication. The ultimate goal is to be able to prepare files for 3d printing, cnc-cutting and laser-cutting, and PRINT/CNC them!!!

At workshop 2 we will:
- refine the modeling techniques
- 3d model optimization
- get the 3d files ready for 3d printing (normals, watertight meshes)
- export and
- generate gcode, understand what this is
- install and open up ReplicatorG
- test and/or demo ze makerbot

Requirements: for this workshop you will need:
- an idea for an object, already modeled, please within the following dimensions: 80x80x80mm
- a laptop computer with linux, windows or mac installed
- a 3 button mouse
- an ODC Membership, or 10 € for the workshop fee.
- the following programs downloaded and installed on your computer listed at the top of this page (updated, new ones):
http://mendelheit.com/3dodc/

Hope to see you there!

Enquiry Hour

We get a lot of calls from journalists, researchers, students, all wanting to know more about this wonderful city of ours. But if we spend all our time answering questions, then we will become all theory and no practice. To this end we would like to announce the hour of enquiry. Bring your questions all at once, and listen to what the others ask.

Enquiry hour will be on 25/02/2011 at 13.00 and will continue on the last Friday of each Month at the same time.

If you participate we also will ask you to update our wiki at the same time, to assist with future questions.

So if you have enquiries, you can join in via skype or in the real world. Simply mail me with your name (and if necessary skype details).

Image courtesy of NASA

Cognitive Cities Conference: Workshops at Open Design City


Rooftop graffiti by K!WA , Berlin. Photo by Loso

We are at a point in time where the paths are set for the future of cities. The Cognitive Cities Conference (#CoCities) aims to bring the vibrant global conversation about the future of cities to Germany. We see CoCities as a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration. We invite urban planners, designers, technology geeks, environmental experts, public officials, urban gardening enthusiasts and cultural influencers to be part of the conversation. We can only make our cities more livable if we work together to improve them.

CoCities is a two-day event: Day 1 is a full-on conference, Day 2 is dedicated to exploring the city through workshops, guided tours and exhibitions.

During day two (27th February 2011) of the  Cognitive Cities Conference there will be several workshops going on at Open Design City:

  • Designing Public Space; Enable Berlin will run a workshop that seeks to explore the ways in which citizens interact with the city by drawing possible futures and co-designing public furniture. For more info about how we do it check our web. Only 20 places are available, book yours in advance: info(at)enableberlin(dot)org
  • SVG2BVG; GRL-Germany will open SVG2BVG to the public, allowing visitors to create stencils and see DIY/Open Source technology in action. SVG2BVG uses custom computer vision software to detect graffiti tags, sends the ensuing shape to a diy laser cutter, and then outputs the tag as a stencil in realtime, creating a bridge from the physical to the digital and back. The stencils are conveniently sized for the television screens in the Berlin U-Bahn system, allowing you to create cheap, non-permanent, light-based graffiti in the comfort of your own transit system. Name-Tag and Lanyard options also supported!
  • Memelab: For the Cognitive Cities Conference, we will link conference locations through GPS, and transform the data into a sonic accompaniment for the participants’ travels to and from the various locations. SoniCity is an ongoing research into creating sonic maps that unfold through time. By tracing paths in this way, the map reflects the complexity and transformation of the city as experienced through flow.

Enable Berlin Session: Starts at 11:00

GRL and Memelab: From 14:00 to 16:00

Future of Synthesizers - DIY and App Workshop

The "Future of Synthesizers" workshop is from beginner to pro - feel free to try, show, mix and jam as you see fit. The more tools, the more fun. We start with a show and tell, introducing different concepts, from open source synths to iPad apps, from DIY to wearable synths. Lots of nice toys to play and experiment with. This Workshop is also a kickoff event for a series of workshops to build your very own open source synth (modular or single-tool).

Bring your own tools, drinks and friends. The workshops ends in a open jam session.

For Fête de la musique on June 21, Open Design City will present music and synth related workshops all day. This first event now is our first research in the area of all things "sound", possibly leading up to the development of our own apps and devices that will be presented and built at the fête.

Example apps (iPad):

  • ims-20
  • Korg Electribe App
  • SoundPrism
  • RJ Voyager
  • ElectroBeats
  • Funkbox
  • TouchOSC, Control

DIY Synths:

  • Audino
  • MeeBlip
  • Shruthi-1
  • Drawdio (and other simple 555 noisemakers)

The workshop is offered by ODC members Olivio and Philip.

ODC and betahaus present: Baustelbar #1

Next Thursday on February 17th, Open Design City and betahaus will present the first installment of a new creative event at the betahaus Café:

We call it Baustelbar.

Baustelbar is a night of short presentations, show and tell workshops and partying. We will start on a monthly schedule, but hope to increase it to a bi-monthly and even weekly night in the future.

You can expect this to happen:

19 h: Come in, have a beer, interact at the bazaar

20 h: Introduction of all projects, four short presentations (10 mins each)

21 h: More beer, more interaction, workshops

22 h: Everyone starts to dance

We invite you to interact on all levels:

The presentation slots will be filled at the beginning of the event, barcamp-style. Talk about your project, either finished, in progress or planned or enlighten us about your work related to ODC's areas of interest, such as tinkering/hacking, creativity, upcycling, crafts and arts, open design etc.

The bazaar will be your show and tell area with lots of tables. Show your project, invite spectators to become active or build something during the night. Tables will be given to anyone interested. (Make sure you arrive at 18 h for setup.)

Of course, you can be both a speaker and have a bazaar table at Baustelbar, so you can talk about the ideas and specifics of your projects in front of the audience first and then invite people to have a closer look.

If you are shy, it's okay to just be a spectator. There will always be a next time for your to present. :)

If you already know that you want to talk and/or show your project, please let us now so we can plan ahead: Send Philip an e-mail at philip@bausteln.de. If you can't make it on the 17th but would love to do something the next time, let us know as well.

Speakers and projects on Baustelbar #1 on February 17th 2011

  • (tba - We'll have a proper announcement containing the confirmed speakers and projects for you soon.)
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