Tuesday, 4 January 2011

DIYDA Conference // Exhibition on PLAN10

DIYDA-Do It Yourself Design and Architecture- is a platform created by Florian Gassmann, Jonathan Haehn and Hans Sachs. The platform has been initiated to bring together architects, artists, designers, engineers and everyone who is interested in developing and materializing ideas with and around democratic approaches in design and architecture. In cooperation with the FabLab Cologne "Dingfabrik" (dingfabrik.de), the Coworking Space Cologne (coworkingcologne.de), "Jack in the Box e.V." and the Faculty of Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, DIYDA was represented at the PLAN10 (plan-project.com) in September 2010. The core of DIYDA was an exhibition with contributions from i.e. the TU Darmstadt, University of Karlsruhe (TH), FH Köln, ETH Zurich the Dingfabrik Köln. In addition, various workshops were held to give visitors the opportunity to design and build their own pieces. To pick up the idea of knowledge sharing, a number of professors, university teachers and students were invited to present and exchange their ideas and works in lectures and open discussions.

„Knowledge is the only resource that multiplies when you share it.“
The open source idea – the principle of public participation by free access to knowledge and information reflects a new way of thinking. How does this open exchange work and how can it be used in architecture in future? Is the Open Source movement even a small revolution creating a different form of architecture? How is it organized and which projects are indicative here? The exhibition „DIYDA“ deals extensively with these questions about open source in the field
of architecture. The aim is to question traditional, hierarchical ways of working and processes to introduce new methods and develo
pments in the form of artistic and experimental works and documentaries. We aim to discuss possible future scenarios by using examples of various thematic projects.
Surrounded by ‚Generated Foam‘ – an architectural sculpture,
as a result of a final thesis in summer 2010, at the faculty of architecture of the University of Cologne – 15 partial student and artistic works are presented, which critically refer to or documentate new (re-) production methods for space and the ‚invasion‘ of the new medias . The exhibition will be accompanied by lectures and discussions with various representatives from different disciplines to discover possible future scenarios and visions. We see significant influences of this movement on certain parts of a
rchitecture and therefore the exhibition and events highlight the following three propositions:

Open Source – Production
Open source promotes the idea of democratic production. ‚Print out your own house !‘

Open Source – Methods

Open Source promotes interdisciplinary and alternative approaches to design processes in architecture

Open Source – Bottom Up

Open source questions established hierarchical order – not only in design and architecture.

please read more about this project on DIYDA.org
fotography by Roman Busse and Magnus Andersson

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