Open Structures, thinking inside the box.29.05. [10.15 Uhr]
In his lecture Lommée will talk about the OpenStructures project and the potential of common design frameworks within a networked society. OpenStructures is 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. It initiates a a universal and collaborative puzzle to which everybody – from DIYers to multinationals – can add parts, components or more complex structures.
It hereby envisions a new standard for sustainable design that facilitates re-use and encourages the circular use of materials and objects. It allows us to build things together, introduces variety within modularity and results in a more flexible and scalable built environment for all.
Following his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Les Ateliers Paris and the Institute without Boundaries Toronto, Thomas Lommée (1979) has participated in a series of multidisciplinary design research groups in Europe and overseas. In 2007, he established Intrastructures, a pragmatic, utopian design-studio that emphasizes on the physical, digital and social context of product-design. He is also the initiator of the 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. Next to his activities as designer / design researcher Lommée has been teaching at the ‚Social Design‘ research program at Design Academy Eindhoven’s Master course and is the co-founder and mentor of the ‚ENSCImatique‘ at the ENSCI in Paris. He lives and works in Brussels.