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OpenSimSim lecture at EcoSummit 2011:

http://ecosummit.net/articles/daniel-dendra-opensimsim-open-source-design-and-architecture

"The architect and open source design advocate Daniel Dendra talks at Ecosummit 2011 about the need to share design and architecture know-how globally using the power of the Internet to accelerate the smart green transformation of the built environment. Daniel is founding partner of OpenSimSim and anOtherArchitect. I like Daniel’s ideas as I am currently thinking about a new Internet platform for prefab build-to-order smart green buildings. Reusing the best ideas for cost-efficient smart green buildings while integrating the best materials, designs and appliances – that’s a powerful vision.”

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Presentation about Opensimsim project by Daniel Dendra in Münzsalon Berlin, September 15 2010

Camera/editing: Natalia Fentisova

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http://ecosummit.net/articles/daniel-dendra-opensimsim-open-source-design-and-architecture

OpenSimSim co-founder Daniel Dendra at EcoSummit 2011 in Berlin:

"The architect and open source design advocate Daniel Dendra talks at Ecosummit 2011 about the need to share design and architecture know-how globally using the power of the Internet to accelerate thesmart green transformation of the built environment. Daniel is founding partner of OpenSimSim andanOtherArchitect. I like Daniel’s ideas as I am currently thinking about a new Internet platform for prefab build-to-order smart green buildings. Reusing the best ideas for cost-efficient smart green buildings while integrating the best materials, designs and appliances – that’s a powerful vision.”

OpenSimSim seems to make the world a little bit smaller, having discussions with professionals all over the world is a very interesting opportunity for us. The principle that everyone is able to join the discussions is very helpful to show us as professionals what the people really need, so its also a good tool to get in touch with our end users which are often not heard.
—  Marcel Bilow (director imagine envelope bv / Facade engineering) 
OpenJapan Proposal : A New Material Economy

A massive amount of building materials and time will needed to rebuild the homes and buildings destroyed by tsunami. This proposal looks at the potential that the cleaned vacant land can act as a temporary program that aids the reconstruction of the Japan and jumpstarts a sustainable revolution. Although many assume that timber would be the optimal material to rebuild with, Japan has a dwindling supply of forests that are being harvested at a unsustainable rate, and a large amount of imported timber comes from endangered forests which effects the sustainability of the world’s forests. If Japan switches from a wood-based economy to one that uses rice stalks to produce wood-like cladding (products like Resysta) by using the vacant land as a sustainable catalyst to the development, Japan could drastically reduce its need for imported lumber, help sustain Japanese agriculture, and create a new material economy. From this proposal, the question can open into what other new material economies like reused shipping containers, plastics, or selective logging can help Japan utilize and manage its building material needs to reconstruct.

More coming soon.

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Our friend and partner at both OpenSimSim and OpenJapan Dr. Marie J Aquilino just published her latest book on post disaster reconstruction: Beyond Shelter.

Exclusively all our blog readers can download a preview PDF here

"Across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, groundbreaking work is being done by small teams of outstanding professionals who are helping communities to recover from disaster and rebuild, bridging the gap that separates short-term emergency needs from long-term sustainable recovery. Questions about the role and responsibility of architects in disaster recovery have been circulating since the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in 2004. In the last decade, 200 million people have been affected by natural disasters and hazards. Ninety-eight percent of these victims are in the developing world, where billions of dollars in aid are absorbed annually by climatic and geologic crises. Those in the developed world are not immune, as extreme temperatures, intense heat waves, increased flooding and droughts expose vast numbers of people to the experience of the eco-refugee.

 Beyond Shelter is a call to action. It features 20 generously illustrated reports from the field, written by the founders of some of the world’s most provocative architecture and engineering firms and studios (Arup, Estudio Teddy Cruz, Urban Think Tank); accomplished nonprofits and research centers (Architectes de l’Urgence, Article 25 Development and Disaster Relief, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, Development Workshop France); and leaders of such prominent organizations as the Red Cross, UN-Habitat and the World Wildlife Fund. All of these people are on the frontlines of disaster prevention and recovery, in rural and urban areas alike. Beyond Shelter presents projects in such diverse locales as Manila, New Orleans, Gujarat, São Paulo, rural Vietnam, Kashmir, the Gola Forest in Sierra Leone, Greensburg, Kansas and the village of Soba, outside Khartoum. Together they illustrate the reality that evolving risk requires new ways of thinking, and that architects have a leading role to play.”

You can order the book here

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OZ MAGAZINE VOLUME 33, 2011

anOtherArchitect was just recently published in the latest OZ journal. OZ is an award winning journal of the College of Architecture at Kansas State University and is released every year. The current issue, AUGMENT, features well known architects such as Frank Barkow (Barkow-Leibinger, Berlin) and Patrick Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).

anOtherArchitect’s article on augmented culture discusses the influence of their work for the Kyme furniture and also OpenSimSim.

Studio630, an OpenSimSim collaborator, provided the stop-motion video.

HOW CAN WE AS DESIGNERS HELP THE PEOPLE IN JAPAN?

At the moment we are discussing this question together with you and next week we will have a brainstorming session at the ecosummit event in Berlin.

Join the conversation and help us:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/open-source-design/helpjapan-openjapan/179253702120729

If you are designer, thinker, creative person, engineer and you want to help OpenJapan please register here:

http://bit.ly/e5BEkG

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