Energy Street Fighter: Jetzt geht's los!

A bit less than a year ago, we did a enable session for the Energy Street Fighter project. For us was a very good opportunity because was the inspiration for the working model that we have been developing since then. Now we are very happy to see that it has become a reallity, and we are very exited to see what are the results of such a ventures.
Join the fight, Samstag 25th June 2011: Stargarder Strasse,  Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

Energy Streetfight: Eine Strasse, zwei Seiten, ein Streetfight.

Die Revolution ist zurück in den Straßen Berlins - aber anders als 1848 oder 1989 geht es dieses Mal nicht um politische Kämpfe sondern den Einsatz für die Umwelt. Energy Streetfight – ein transformatives Strassenspiel von vicventures – ruft Berliner dazu auf, in einem achtwöchigen Spiel ihre Straßenseite zu verteidigen.

Das Auftaktspiel beginnt am 25.06.2011 und wird über einen Zeitraum von 8 Wochen in der Stargarder Strasse im Prenzlauer Berg gespielt.

Die Bewohner jedes Hauses versuchen gemeinsam ihren Stromverbrauch so niedrig wie möglich zu halten um ihrer Strassenseite in der Piratenspielewelt von Energy Streetfight zum Sieg zu verhelfen.

Jeden Sonntag werden die Messdaten der Stromzähler an einer Spielestation in der Straße abgegeben. Ein autarkes, mit Solarenergie betriebenes, Touchpad steht zu diesem Zweck und zur Abgabe der Spielentscheidungen zur Verfügung. Die Mitspieler können sich neben Tipps und Ideen zum Stromsparen über diese zentrale Anlaufstelle auch Nachrichten zukommen lassen und Strategien ausarbeiten, um die gesparte Energie in den Triumph über die andere Strassenseite zu verwandeln.

Ziel des Projektes ist es, die für die Entwicklung einer nachhaltigen Lebenskunst für das 21. Jahrunhunderts notwendigen Gewohnheiten spielerisch auszuprobieren.

vic ventures ist ein Kollektiv das durch die transformative Kraft unternehmerischer Initiative individuelle, kulturelle, und gesellschaftliche Enfaltung vorantreibt. vicventures ist gegenwärtig in Berlin, London, und Paris aktiv.

Das Projekt Energy Streetfight wird gefördert von ÜBER LEBENSKUNST, einem Initiativprojekt der Kulturstiftung des Bundes in Kooperation mit dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Kontakt:

Benedikt Foit
ben@vic-ventures.com
+49 176 201 76 102

www.vic-ventures.com

EnableBerlin Session: Visions for Mobility

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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

Open Design City in 2-4 Words: Discuss

It started as a thread from Christopher Doering - a couple of suggestions a prompt:

"Hello.

I was wondering what "ODC" is all about. And how to describe it in two or three words. Clear, unmistakeable and unique. It order to communicate to the outside and the inside world. Something like a brand name and a tagline.

Proposals include:

Open Design City - Creative Workshop
Open Design City - a space to create and share
ODC - Produktionswerkstatt
ODC- Make something happen

etc.

What else can we come up with?

Please make suggestions and send it back to me!"

I tentatively offered:
Open Community Space
Open Source Community Space
Open Maker Space
Community Maker Space

Then Christophe Valliant drops in:

Open Design City - merging minds
Open Design City - tangible learning
Open Design City - sharing knowledge
Open Design City - meet your peer
Open Design City - experience diversity
Open Design City - shaping future
Open Design City - Makerzone
Open Design City - Make your Goods
Open Design City - share your vision
DIY? DIT!
Open Design City - experimental zone for physical literacy
Open Design City - space for collaborative knowledge production
Open Design City - leave your computers
Open Design City - peer-to-peer workshop
Open Design City - Join the Berlin Maker Community
Open Design City - the world is physical!
Open Design City - physical thinking
Open Design City - thinking with hands
Open Design City - tangible inspiration
Open Design City - communicate by working with your hands
Open Design City - manufacturing ideas

How would you define Open Design City?

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Talk to me about: “why every creative city needs a fablab” – Thursday, 16.9.2010, 19 – 21 Uhr:

Why should every creative city need a fab lab? Hell I'd say why should every city, town and community should have an Open Design City.

But that's the object of this discussion, so feel free to come along and participate in the dialogue.

This discussion makes the case for Fab Labs everywhere, and hopefully we'll also receive some challenges for a healthy and flourishing dialogue. We've invited key decision makers and activists from Berlin and Lisbon to address the topic of "why every creative city needs a fab lab". I wish I were there.

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Talk-Guests:

Lisbon:
Tiago Cid, advisor of the city councilor Graca Fonseca, working on the first FabLab in Lisbon
Leo Xavier, founder of the first coworking space in Lisbon, Liberdade 229

Berlin:
Christopher Doering, co-founder of the OpenDesignCity
Katrin Tobies, advisor Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women's Issues
Martina Zeyen, Network Manager, Create Berlin
Marco Riedel, planning to open a FabLab in Berlin

Start time: Thursday 16th September, 19.00


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Thanks to Matt Cottam for the Pic

On Open Design

When we first launched Open Design City in May, I set out to explain Open Design, but not to define (as our understanding of such a concept should likewise be open):

"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."

I did not however seek to elaborate as to why Open Design is important. This I shall attempt to do below.

The most important aspect of Open Design for me is Access. Call me an idealist, but i'm of the opinion that no individual or business should have the right to prevent any human being from accessing the means to sustain their existence. AKA their right to keep on living. This restriction is a byproduct of the existing intellectual property system as well as the economic system it protects.

Open Design grants people the right to Access the technologies that can help them to sustain themselves. It removes a reliance on a service provider, instead focusing on the redistribution of knowledge, skills and processes, empowering people to meet their own needs cheaply and effectively. Such behavior, I feel is critical not just from the perspective of survival, but also critical to an individual's sense of power and ownership. To take responsibility for improving ones own environment. In countries worst struck by tragedy, poverty, famine and plague, adding reliance on a benevolent outside body does not help develop a psychology of survival (an issue explored in considerable detail by Tori Hogan).

But Open Design also holds tremendous value for societies less concerned with daily survival (who should maybe be more concerned with such matters). Below I have listed some of these aspects (elaborating only where I feel it is necessary) , which will have differing appeals for different social groups:

Personalisation
Repair
Emotional connection - building your own product connects you to the process and generates an emotional relationship to objects, countering a disposable attitude to the material world.
Empowerment - The ability to shape the world around you is an empowering attitude, the permission inherent in Open Design allows you to directly engage with the production of your product and understand the implications of it's manufacture.
Accelerated Innovation - Many minds make light work
Autonomous Collaboration - Open Design creates the opportunity to collaborate without concensus, we don't have to agree on the best path or course, but can instead be driven by our own egos and passions. By sharing the outcomes we are able to learn and derive benefits from each others action and learning without limitation.
Community Resilience - We have passed peak oil, yet at present our society is reliant on centralised provision of resources, Open Design is only one aspect of a distributed resiliant culture, yet one which can assist with the infrastructural and technological components of "lifeboat communities".

Open Design is not a new concept. In reality it's closed design that is new, with Intellectual Property only becoming a part of our culture over the last 200 years. However the myth of the designer is something strong in our psyche (especially in religious thinkers). Open Design is more akin to an evolutionary model of creation, the designer a catalyst, a spark of lightning or environmental influence.

Open Design as a concept, expands out in front of me, and there is more that I have yet to go into, to explore and describe. I encourage you to do likewise (shortly I will post a request and article from our philosopher in residence Camille to further provoke you). But my brief experience with developing a continuous Open Space - Open Design City, and the practice of Open Design we have been adopting, convinces me that Open Design represents a profound opportunity to empower people to take ownership of the world, and responsibility for improving it themselves.

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Open Design City "Make Your Own" Market

On Saturday 18th September from 14:00 - 18:00 you can come to Open Design City and Buy or Make your own handmade goods. Our Stall Holders will be offering great handmade goods, made with love in Berlin and in Open Design City. Workshops will take place throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to create your own products, learn new skills and above all enjoy yourselves.

To book a table/ offer a workshop please contact Daniela

Update: So far we have the following happening on Saturday, tell all your freinds and help make Saturday a day to remember.

Splatter Designs

Make your own:
Screen printed products using silkscreen, printing, and cut and paste collage techniques. Experimenting with upcycling of old clothing and other waste to create new fashions.

Market:
Choose from Splatter Designs own range of screen printed products using silkscreen, printing, and cut and paste collage techniques.
Cassettes Delight:

Make your own:
Jens has collected a lot of those analogue sound mediums we used to listen to, and is now giving you the opportunity to give them new life by upcycling.

Market:
Choose from a range of upcycled lights, made in ODC by Jens' fair hand
Open Design City

Make your own:
Alex and Christophe will show you how to design your own custom styrofoam cut outs on Christophe's amazing self built machine.

Market:
Choose from a range of precut signs and desktop symbols for analogue communication

Judith Meijer

Make your own:
Upcycle tobacco pouches out of washing powder bags and badges out of
old receipts and U-Bahn tickets...together with other rubbish.

Market:
Choose from Judith's range of existing designs

Trial and Error Kulturlabor and Alice Morey

Make your own/Market:
No idea what these girls are going to do, but I can guarantee it will involve upcycling and fun.

Open Design City part 2.

Make your own:
Cook your own lampshades and bowls, bring an old sweater and turn it into a beautiful product for your home.

Market:
Starch plastic lamps and bowls

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P.s. Big thanks to our intern Alex Spiliopoulos for a kick arse sign

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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

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