Rubbish = Resource: Waste based innovation in 2030

On the 21st November between 14.00 and 19.00 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.

How will processes and approaches such as Cradle to Cradle, Upcycling, and Open Design affect how we innovate with waste? How will these changes affect our daily lives?

Cradle to Cradle and Upcycling processes both view waste as a resource for production and creation, but from different perspectives and approaches as to how to achieve this. Open Design is potentially an enabler for both processes, facilitating the distribution of these behaviors and also the sharing of knowledge and process.

In this workshop, we will share our knowledge on different processes, and then explore together what the world looks like in 2030 in light of these emerging trends. We will use the resources of Open Design City to prototype and articulate these visions.

This workshop will be in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. Our aim is to bring together a range of researchers, radical thinkers, activists and practitioners from the fields of Open Design, Cradle to Cradle and Upcyling together for one day to build a vision for the future.

We will provide you with good food, a space to explore and create, and other interesting people with which to explore and innovate.

Spaces on this workshop are limited, so please email us, along with a little bit about yourself to reserve a space.

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Design Smash Event

From idea to object in one night...

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

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...

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

Saturday November 20, 5 pm – 12am

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.

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

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.

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

Saturday November 20, 6pm-3am

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

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


ProtoSpace (FabLab Utrecht)
Nijverheidsweg 16B
3534 AM Utrecht

Our Partners:
Etsy, Jovoto, Stichting ProtoSpace

... so really, what is 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

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.

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.

Twitter @DesignSmash_

The International Festival For Creators - Open Call For Collaboration


Collaborative international event Aiming to present a festival combining physical and online participation
With: Artists, Philosophers, Designers, Institutions – various strata of society participating together.

Our objectives:
+Find and share new values for social integration, break down walls of exclusion.
+Take conscience of the possibilities for Sustainable Open Content Collaboration

How many creations could we find in the world every day that inspire other people?
If you think you are able to create and share inspiration, come to the calling event to become part of this project. Unite forces with artists, researchers, creators and professors:

.With ideas and dreams presented in artworks to be integrated into public spaces
.With special workshops for youth in communities as an integration tool
.With musical participations from renowned artists
.With multiple exhibitions around the globe linked to the project
.With technological and philosophical conferences discussing new ideas of progress
.With the inclusion of visitors as a direct part of the project presentations

We would like to reinforce and expand our team so as to share:
Ideas about Sustainable Open Content Collaboration
Open exchanges of free knowledge

We are openly brainstorming ideas and looking for different perspectives concerning what Values we have today, and how we can enforce new values by integrating people from different social strata and work together into a shared goal:

Conscience of the possibilities of Open Content Collaborations Search for Sustainability

Objectives to focus on within the open calling for collaboration event also include:

. Project Sponsoring.
. Project Sustainability.
.Web development, to interconnect collaborations from the world over via a networking platform (thus also obtaining  an online form of continuity)
. Artist, designers, creators sharing ideas related the project
. Free knowledge sharing, open workshops for youth in communities
. Community skills, re-evaluating the constitution of hierarchies as we know them
. Architects translating the artistic creations into public spaces
. Multilingual Communication in an effort to extend the community trust (translation and proof-reading)
. Team Organisation (definition of roles, horizontal organisation)
. Project Organisation (global linking of the projects)
. Network building (gathering relevant contacts in administration, sponsoring, media, etc.)

If you feel related to these words, if you are a creator, and if you are interested:
We'll be introducing our philosophy of work, along with the artists already involved
and the possibilities for expansion.

For inquiries please contact

Juan Matias Schüttenberg
(+49) 017678195966

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!

Open Design City has its on 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


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

Kick Arse Christmas

So the time of Yule is nearly upon us. From pagan event to a month long festival of Hyperconsumption.

But this year we have the space and tools with which to make our own gifts, and to help others aquire these skills. Giving needn't just mean "buying for", but maybe the opportunity for people to contribute time, love and thought into their acts, rather than merely meeting an annual expectation.

So what can we do? What can we offer, create, and what skills can we share?

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

Open Up

Open Design Meeting
Image by Fräulein Schiller via Flickr

OPEN UP will give participants insights into the processes, methods and associated challenges of the Open Design process. The workshop will begin with an overview of Open Design principles, participants will then engage in an Open Design iterative process, where they build and reiterate an existing patented design. The workshop will end with an Open Space discussion of the benefits, challenges and potential solutions as to how to apply Open Design principles to this specific business case, exploring in depth the opportunities and threats with the original designer.

This workshop is particularly aimed at individuals who have no previous experience of Open Design or Open Culture in general. It represents an opportunity to bridge the communication and knowledge gaps using an action process - understanding by doing.

The workshop will be held at Open Design City, a collaborative production space in Kreuzberg where the space itself is in constant reiteration in response to the needs of the community.

Participation is free of charge. However, we expect you to support us with the documentation of the workshop – in the form of texts, photos or video contributions.

The workshop will be led by Jay Cousins, in collaboration with Christoph Doering. Please note that the workshop language will be English!

Click here to register yourself!

In case the registration link doesn't work, please send an email to ek [at]

Tell us something about your professional background and about what you expect from the workshop. Please note that we can only accept a maximum of 25 people to take part, otherwise it won’t be possible to get into a productive working mode. Please send your application e-mail before November 22. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Open Up is part of the Free Culture Incubator workshop series. Click here for details

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ODC Basic: Sewing

Our citizen Semiramis is offering the following basic workshop:

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.

max. participants: 6

Language: German (English on request)

10 Euros, free for ODC members

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CoCooking - ODC Voku

Photo by Ricardo Liberato (Wok of Dong) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Share your cooking skills at Open Design City.

This Tuesday at Open Design City, 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.

It's going to be fast, loose and social.

Bring your materials (AKA food), along with the recipe, only bring preprepared dishes for convenience (we have a small hob and 2 pans FYI, but we don't want to create bottle necks, so if you really want to cook something fresh, let us know in advance or bring your own cooking gear).

Bring kitchen supplies.

Entry: Free (as long as you bring food).

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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

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