A hacker needs to have an idea where he/she wants to go. Therefore I started to outline a scenario of the Open Source Circular City to inspire hacking for it.
There is not only one way to a circular city and more than just one potential version of it. The political process that will shape it has just begun. I can think of a circular city where everybody is surveilled and controlled by infrastructure set up and run by big corporations. There are forces pushing for this. The scenario below is supposed to set a positive utopia against that and to inspire a positive action plan.
EN: There is a City Hacking Lab now @ZK/U Berlin! We got invited to do a residency at the Ständige Vertretung – a futuristic wooden studio built for Berlin based artists (see images). And we want you to visit us and be a resident with us!
EN: When planning for our visit on Planet B we thought about setting up an open hackathon on modularity. But when living in the rocket we were too busy (with this and that and other stuff). There was just time for a short brainstorming. Here are the ideas from this one (Click on the images -STRG/CMD- to enlarge them and read the text.)
EN: We did a workshop with 13 year old kids in Neukölln on circular street waste. We collected waste in the street and drilled a unified grid into the parts (the 3erlin Grid) and created a modular system with it – a city to be used as a resource for constant rejuvenation. The workshop is documented in full detail (including the methodology) at the main Mifactori Website.
EN: The subject for Viersen was Production – Manufacturing in an Open Source driven Circular City. How will it look like? Scroll down the post to find a full collection of theses (a “manifest”) about the production in the open circular city Read more
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EN: As the project progresses I had several brainstorming sessions (see scans of the sessions for Minden below) finding what I already expected: it is hard to find hacking ideas that really fit into the scope or question of the Open Source and Circular City. Read more
DE: Da ich bisher nur selten physische Objekte produziert habe, hatte ich auch noch nie eine wirkliche Ausstellung. Aber “The City Is Open Source” wurde im Rahmen des Projektes “Stadtbesetzung” von der Galerie im Park Viersen eingeladen, sich an einer Urban Art-Ausstellung zu beteiligen – eine gute Gelegenheit, mal etwas für eine Ausstellung zu gestalten. / Hier eine Eindrücke von der Ausstellung und Dingen drumherum.
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EN: As i haven’t been an artist that creates stuff in the past i never really had an exhibition in my life before. But when i set up the project The City Is Open Source and became part Read more
EN: What the heck is City Hacking? “Hacking” in general is an act of creativity. It means to overcome, bypass or break limitations of systems. To use things differently then intended is one possible way. Adding new possibilities or meanings to them with small changes or interventions is another. „City Hacking“ is exploring this strategy in and for the city.
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