Video: Open SimSim - Daniel Dendra - TEDxBerlin

I just got this presentation forwarded me from Daniel Dendra who I collaborated with while living in Berlin. It is a fantastic idea that could have a huge impact on the future or design. Hopefully this concept will catch on, gain a wide user-base and grow to be an influential entity for our built environment.

According to the OPEN SIM SIM website:

OPEN SOURCE ARCHITECTURE – WHERE PEOPLE MEETOpen source is changing many aspects of our every day life. We use open source projects such as wikipedia for researching information and gaining knowledge. We use open source software such as OpenOffice to write letters and make presentations. We are shifting from a corporation owned consumer world to a community driven participation system where people are enjoying contributing their knowledge and time to the wider public for free.

Could architecture and urbanism also benefit from this ideas?

98% of the world wide residential building market is not designed and built by architects. OpenSource will gain credibility as well as increase market shares for the architectural community.

OPEN SOURCE ARCHITECTUREOpen source architecture is a community driven platform that enhances the architectural design and building process. Open source architecture deals with wide range, innovative and sustainable housing concepts. It provides user generated content including scripting tools and with it valuable knowledge. 

The design process and realization of architecture are defined in a contemporary way: An interested community such as architects, engineers, climate specialists, home owners, designers and manufactures are putting their input and feedback into the design. It is available to everybody who cares about the world of design and the design of the world.

The goal is to define new objectives, develop strategies to initiate activities, meet people in architecture, make the design process more transparent and create new visions. Architectural design for homes should be for free, as long it is sustainable.

The key players in the process are:
  • perspective home owners
  • architects
  • manufacturers
  • engineers and scientists 
Open source architecture is targeting smaller scale residential projects.

TECHNOLOGYOpen source architecture is operated by a simple state of the art technology. It is based on a dynamic and flexible core system which provides common web2.0 and social media features.

REFERENCESThe tool that is developed is radical different from any existing tools or open networks for architects on the internet. References to existing projects from other fields are: DIYdrones and LocalMotors.

We presented the beta version of the online platform to a broader audience. Furthermore an interactive and partly physical installation demonstrated the ideas and possibilities of Open- Source for architecture and design. 15 open source projects were featured and the visitors interacted with the sustainable design process and became part of the design community.

For more information visit the OPEN SIM SIM Website:

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