Archinect - News 2015-03-28T10:32:31-04:00 Relocation or Adaptation: Building a DIY Civilization Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you build a civilization from scratch? According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Source Ecology </a>(OSE), the first step is building the right machines.</p><p>Started by Marcin Jakubowski in 2003, OSE is a network of farmers, architects, and engineers based in rural Missouri with branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. According to their<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> website</a>, their mission is &ldquo;to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution &ndash; via open source collaboration &ndash; to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Basically, the idea is that a self-sufficient community requires proper tools and equipment, which within our current economy are prohibitively expensive both to purchase and maintain. By developing open source industrial machines, OSE hopes to reduce such expenses to a fraction of their current cost while simultaneously eliminating reliance on global corporations.</p><p>The eventual goal of OSE is to manufacture the Global Village Construction Set (GVSE), ...</p> UNStudio Tried Riding the Open Source Wave, but Failed Archinect 2013-10-24T13:41:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:30:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What exactly are [UNStudio] going to share? Will it be more than just some sketches they have laying around? Could it be a big database of materials and tools? Or maybe a bucketload of failed competition entries? Unfortunately, the platform features none of this. At his very moment there are only 27 articles available (they&rsquo;ve been online for 6 months now), 26 of which were written by UNStudio, and most of them are as vague and imprecise as their view on open source.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">UNStudio launches open source knowledge sharing</a></p> Who's Your Data? Urban Design in the New Soft City Places Journal 2013-06-25T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:59:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smart city infrastructure can augment the ability of managers, planners, designers and engineers to define and implement a fundamentally better next generation of buildings, cities, regions &mdash; right? Maybe. For that to be a serious proposition, it&rsquo;s going to have to be normal for planners and designers not only to collaborate productively with engineers, but to do so with the full and competent participation of the only people they mistrust more than each other ... customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "A city is not a BMW," writes Carl Skelton. "You can't drive it without knowing how it works." In a weighty think-piece on Places, he argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to thrive in a "new soft world" increasingly shaped by smart meters, surveillance cameras, urban informatics and big data. "To be a citizen of a digital city requires understanding what the databases do and don&rsquo;t contain, and what they could contain, and how the software used to process that data and drive design decisions does, doesn&rsquo;t, and might yet perform."</p> UNStudio launches open source knowledge sharing Archinect 2013-04-11T17:21:00-04:00 >2013-04-23T22:30:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In June this year UNStudio will launch the new organisation of its practice as an open-source knowledge-based practice operating projects around four specialised Knowledge Platforms. As part of the reorganisation of the studio a new interactive online knowledge platform will be launched, aimed at facilitating the open exchange of knowledge, with the ultimate goal of introducing and encouraging the expansion from a collaborative to a co-creative working model for architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p>