Open Structures on the potential of open modular construction
At Fabrica Thomas Lommée speaks about the OpenStructures project, a hands-on design experiment that explores the possibility of a modular construction model where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid.
Thomas Lommée is a designer and has participated in a series of multidisciplinary design research groups in Europe and overseas. In 2007 he established "Intrastructures", a pragmatic, utopian design-studio, that emphasizes on the physical, digital and social context of product-design. He is also the initiator of the OpenStructures project. Next to his activities as designer / design researcher Lommée has been teaching at the 'Social Design' research program at Design Academy Eindhoven’s Master course and is the co-founder and mentor of the 'ENSCImatique' at the ENSCI in Paris. He lives and works in Brussels.
As an introduction to his Fabrica workshop "Everyday Wonders", Jonathan Harris lectures about his working process and shows a selection of previous projects that generally reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean. He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, happiness, anonymity, news, and language. His latest project is Cowbird, a community of storytellers working to build a public library of human experience.
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Giles Duley gave up a life of glamour and celebrity as a fashion photographer to travel the world and document the stories of the forgotten and marginalised. While on assignment in Afghanistan he stepped on a landmine, a horrific event that left him a triple amputee. In his lecture at Fabrica, Duley explains us why he made the switch from fashion to documentary photography, tells the stories of these he's met on that journey and how ultimately he became part of the story himself.