Thomas Lomm̩e РOpen Structures: a family of objects



Course August 15 – 20, 2016

In this inspiring and pragmatic course, lead by designer Thomas Lommée the starting point will be an assignment:

To design and build a modular object of which at least one (modular) part is also used in the design of a fellow participant.

Thomas Lommée will bring a suitcase with existing objects, modular pieces from his “Open Structures” 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. The OS pieces serve as tools for participants to begin their process of making: producing, reproducing, hacking, and adjusting of existing pieces to integrate these in ‘new’ modular objects.

In order to facilitate the interchangeability of the various parts between the individual objects all interchangeable parts need to be designed according to the OpenStructures design principles (for more info: see www.openstructures.net)

In order to visualise the interconnectedness between the different objects, an illustrative document (short movie / infograph / etc.) will be developed that will tie all objects together in the most visual manner.

Basic skills for this course: applicants have knowledge on how to deal with metal and wood. Ideally, they also have to master 3D software. Last but not least, everyone who loves to build and make things is welcome to apply!

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Thomas Lommée (*1979) is the founder of Infrastructures, a pragmatic, utopian design-studio that applies product, service, and system design as a tool for change. He is also the initiator of 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.
Alongside his activities as a designer and design researcher, Lommée teaches at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Social Design Research Master’s Program and is the co-founder and mentor of the ENSCImatique at the ENSCI in Paris. He lives and works in Brussels.

For more information, please see: www.intrastructures.net

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