Open Source Architecture Experiment
Architecture may be thought of as a combination of static 'hardware' and dynamic 'software'. Pushing the analogy further, architecture could be considered an 'operating system' within which people write their own programmes for spatial interaction. One model of operating system that is particularly relevant to architecture (since the design of space is always collaborative) is an open source system.
The open source architecture experiment has taken place three times, in three different formats:
- RAM 4, Helsinki (November 2003)
- PixelAche, Helsinki (April 2004)
Photo by Vargas Organisation, London
- Doors of Perception 8, Delhi (March 2005)
Doors 8 open source & inflatables
Please refer to the Doors 8 Open Source Architecture Workshop (includes outline brief, workshop results, images and video).
Ram 4 and Pixelache performance & presentation
Event performers were Margot Jacobs (Interactive Institute, Sweden); Andrew Paterson (University of Art and Design, Finland); Adam Somlai-Fischer (aether design group, Hungary); Ophra Wolf (Pursue the Pulse); and Usman Haque (Haque Design and Research).
Open source tactics were applied at two levels: first during the event design process by the 5 performers and second during the event itself, where relationships between performers and participants varied according to the control and openness of the choreographies.
Main ideas brought into the mix were: locative media (Andrew), which provides control structures that one allows oneself to be part of; open choreography (Ophra) in which a set of instructions can be modified by those who interpret them; play and people-centered design (Margot) where open systems place emphasis on users as designers; low-tech media architecture (Adam) in which existing technology and spaces are re-appropriated; architecture as an open source operating system (Usman) where a collaborative framework is provided within which people create their own social space.
For background information please refer to "Hardspace/Softspace" and "Logical Conflicts: architecture and open source design" under Papers.