Torino joins 10 global cities in a 72hr WorkJam for Japan: OpenJapanWednesday, June 8, 2011 14:11
Cluster is pleased to host ‘Open Japan‘ a 72hr volunteer workJam which will bring together architects and designers across 10 global cities from June 10 – 12 2011 to produce ideas for a sustainable future in the areas destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan on March 11 2011.
‘OpenJapan’ is an initiative by OpenSimSim, a community driven platform based in Berlin which offers the possibility to share ideas, concepts, experience and knowledge, and to inspire people throughout the design process. Inspired by the desire to help and assist people in Japan OpenSimSim launched ‘OpenJapan’ an open source project to be shared across cities from different time-zones working in parallel during a 72hr work sprint.
Torino will be one of the several nodes worldwide along with Tokyo, Chennai, Moscow, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, New York and Kansas engaged in the global brain-storm which will kick off in Tokyo and then get passed on to Chennai and so on forth between the four time zones. Each team will be briefed via Skype and updates and information will be passed via Twitter, Facebook and cloud computing, while the work will be documented on video with workfiles stored and shared in a virtual server.
For the team in Turin ‘OpenJapan’ is not only an opportunity for reflection and to raise awareness of the problems posed by the reconstruction of entire areas of Japan following the devestation caused by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Nor does it the definition of a planetarium brain storming rolling between four time zones to gather and share ideas appear sufficient in light of the situation. But, we think OpenJapan is also, and perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to experience how new methods of design and collaboration within the field of architecture: wiki-oriented, open-source and shared-knowledge models.
Today’s persistent and radical crisis which has impacted the entire capitalist system has revealed the fragility of our brick and mortar global finance, and there is an urgent need to identify alternative models of intervention for the built environment starting from new scenarios of connection between design and needs, and between users, manufacturers, designers and the planet.
OpenJapan certainly does not pretend to be the answer, perhaps not even an answer, but it may help us to focus on real needs, along with the new tools available to fulfull them.
It is possible to register for the event here
or by email to one of the following organizers:
Corrado Curti: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcia Caines: email@example.com
Andrea Rosada: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alessandra Pellicanò: email@example.com