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Hackathons: Viersen, Schöppingen, Dortmund; September 2015: The City Is Our Factory



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EN: During our City-Hacking-Summer Tour we came through the german cities Viersen, Schöppingen and Dortmund. The hackathon subject for these cities was Production – Manufacturing in an Open Source driven Circular City. How will it look like? Scroll down the post to find some of the hacks and a full collection of theses (a “manifest”) about the production in the open circular city Read more

Tutorial: How To Invent City Hacks

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[Deutsche Version unten; alle Bilder werden größer, wenn man draufklickt]

EN: As the project progresses I had several brainstorming sessions (see scans of the sessions for Minden below) finding what I already expected: it is hard to find hacking ideas that really fit into the scope or question of the Open Source and Circular City. Read more

Update: Exhibition @Galerie im Park Viersen


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DE: Da ich bisher nur selten physische Objekte produziert habe, hatte ich auch noch nie eine wirkliche Ausstellung. Aber “The City Is Open Source” wurde im Rahmen des Projektes “Stadtbesetzung” von der Galerie im Park Viersen eingeladen, sich an einer Urban Art-Ausstellung zu beteiligen – eine gute Gelegenheit, mal etwas für eine Ausstellung zu gestalten. / Hier eine Eindrücke von der Ausstellung und Dingen drumherum.

Alle Bilder werden größer, wenn man draufklickt. Alle Bilder auf Flickr. 

EN: As i haven’t been an artist that creates stuff in the past i never really had an exhibition in my life before. But when i set up the project The City Is Open Source and became part Read more

Document: What is City Hacking?


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EN: Found Hacks in Berlin Kreuzberg

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EN: What the heck is City Hacking? “Hacking” in general is an act of creativity. It means to overcome, bypass or break limitations of systems. To use things differently then intended is one possible way. Adding new possibilities or meanings to them with small changes or interventions is another. „City Hacking“ is exploring this strategy in and for the city.

This posting is mostly a list with links to interesting websites. It also has some pictures that are under creative commons licenses. Click the links!

UPDATE: There is a HowTo: City Hacking now in our blog.


DE: Was ist denn City Hacking oder Stadthacken? Read more

Experiments: Nuts, Bolts + A Modular Birdhouse




EN: A city made with accessible and standard techniques, easy to dismantle? Open Screws, a modular birdhouse and found things.

DE: Eine Stadt erstellt mit verfügbaren Standardteilen und -techniken, leicht auseinanderzubauen? Offene Schrauben, ein modulares Vogelhaus und Fundstücke.

1 – The Screws / Die Schrauben

EN: We went through the streets searching for open accessible nuts and bolts. And we found some! Read more