EnableBerlin Session: Visions for Mobility


Concept by Michel David ( Helixator )

Mobility is a major issues for the future of our cities. While policy makers, architects, urban planners, engineers and many others continuously try to invent future transport systems – from building new infrastructures and designing electrical vehicles to encourageing bike commuting and car sharing – we have the feeling that most companies and leaders still see the future transportation systems as an update or adaptation of current, state-of-the-art solutions. In order to get accurate insights on this complex topic,we need to find out how urban mobility is evolving, and in which way are paradigms shifting.

During our next session, we want to learn from Berlin’s citizens. What are our needs and our vision on mobility? What are our experiences and our wishes? What is the difference between transport and mobility? What solutions have we thought of for possible new ways of mobility?

We will gather a group of creatives who want to share insights and visions to collaboratively address these issues and prototype possible solutions.

If you are interested in taking part at our next session write us few lines. And tell us a bit about yourself and what you do, so that we can build a diverse group for the session.

Open Design City, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20,10969 Berlin

Enable session Visions for Mobility is commissioned by InnoZ

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

ODC Basics: Autodocumentary Workshop (about Coworking) Part 1.

People in Beta

An Autodocumentary / Workshop Series
Open Design City, Betahaus
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19–20, Berlin

Workshop Part One: 13 January 2011, 7 pm
Workshop Part Two: 24 February 2011, 7 pm
Final Video Screening: 28 March 2011, 7 pm

At our first workshop we will:

• Watch our video “Delivered in Beta” and examine how it was made in only 5 days! (Note: Delivered in Beta was recorded at the insemination of ODC)
• Introduce the idea of “autodocumentary” videomaking.
• Explore how social media platforms can be re-purposed for collaborative storytelling.
• Interview you about coworking!

At our second workshop we will:

• Review the stories people have told about themselves since our first workshop.
• Engage in a group critique about the formal and narrative aspects of your stories.
• Discuss some of the answers which have been raised about coworking on Quora.
• Interview you about coworking!

Get prepared!

Answer or ask some questions:

Contribute your videos:

Contribute your photos:

Join the conversation on Twitter:
#peopleinbeta hashtag

Get licensed!

If you contribute media to our Vimeo or Flickr groups, please consider publishing under a creative commons license (we often use BY-NC-SA ) so we can easily add your contributions to documentary video :)

Feeling generous?

The workshop will be free for betahaus & ODC members.

For a donation of 10EUR we’ll tweet thanks for your support.

For a donation of 25EUR we’ll include your name in the credits as a supporter of the project.

For a donation of 50EUR we’ll include your company’s logo in the end credits as a sponsor.

We have talked about this with Pati and Gabriel from KS12 for a long time. We always wanted to do a small documentary about betahaus, coworking in general, the beta principle, the people behind this and how this does look and feel from the inside. Now it’s real and we are ready start “autodocumenting” guided by KS12, together with the Open Design City crowd, the betahaus people and everybody else who embraces the coworking spirit in and around Betahaus and ODC.

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Open Design City Market

We have been talking about this for some time and now it's happening. We embrace the DIY Philosophy and we actually live it every day. It is how betahaus occurred: we wanted a special working-space but couldn't afford to buy it or it wasn't on the market yet.  So we just did it ourselves.

In April 2010 we have opened up the ODC where people can try things out and create stuff . ODC-Citizens can show each other how tools work as in peer-to-peer education or we should rather call it amateur-to-amateur education. They say knowledge workers are in need of  more hands-on activities,  so why not build a new fancy lampshade or a better storage for fresh herbs?

On the 24th of July from 2pm-7pm you will find a great setting to let your creativity and inventiveness run wild @ OpenDesignCity Market in betahaus.

Albinoplast will join the ODC-Market. On the “Plastic Playground” they will provide you with enough stones to build everything from rabbits to bridges out of white plastic bricks. You can either buy the material and take your own creation home, set a price for your creation and sell it or buy an already built plastic bricks product at the Albinoplast stand.

We have built the first 'Hanging Gardens' on the 9.th of July at the Betahaus Hamburg opening event. Bring some empty Volvic water bottles along and Lisa and Ana will show you how you can decorate your kitchen with the new herbs recipients.

They can be hanging right next to your starch  plastic lampshade - which you can learn to make from your favourite vintage pullover in a workshop with Christopher Doering and Jay Cousins.

Original Brazilian Caipirinha made by Zena, funky disco beats made by our Italian guest DJ and the hot summer weather are just 3 reasons why you should spend the next Saturday afternoon at betahaus.

As the WMP! is on summer vacation fashion & design sellers are welcome to sell their clothes and products. Contact: event@betahaus.de


Visit us

ODC is open Monday–Friday from
10–19h (betahaus rates apply)

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

Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20
10969 Berlin