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Brickstarter the book
Now available for download as PDF (33mb) and purchase via print on demand. Brickstarter the book contains 80 dense pages filled with the research presented here, refined and reformatted, as well as entirely new essays and illustrations. This book is a primer for people working on problems at the intersection of crowdfunding/sourcing, social media, urban planning [...] Read more – ‘Brickstarter the book’.
What happens next?
From the very start, the response to Brickstarter has been incredible. We knew as soon as we started writing (and seeing your anxious inquiries about our launch date) that we had hit a nerve. The momentum behind crowdfunding in contemporary culture and the equally great frustration with the opacity of the way our cities evolve [...] Read more – ‘What happens next?’.
Provocation IV: Open Questions
Note: This post is part of a series presenting the contents of our Brickstarter exhibition at the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, October 13-December 12th. The Full text in a legible font size: “The architecture of tomorrow will be … both a means of knowledge and a means of action.” Formulaire pour un urbanisme nouveau —Ivan Chtcheglov (1953) There is [...] Read more – ‘Provocation IV: Open Questions’.
Provocation III: Design Probes
Note: This post is part of a series presenting the contents of our Brickstarter exhibition at the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, October 13-December 12th. The Full text in a legible font size: Brickstarter looks like a prototype of a crowdfunding website, but is really an exercise in navigating back and forth between matter and dark matter, between the malleable [...] Read more – ‘Provocation III: Design Probes’.
Provocation II: Dark Matter
Note: This post is part of a series presenting the contents of our Brickstarter exhibition at the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, October 13-December 12th. The Full text in a legible font size: “If you really want to change the city, or want a real struggle, a real fight, then it would require re-engaging with government … with these structures [...] Read more – ‘Provocation II: Dark Matter’.
Provocation I: The Crowd
Note: This post is part of a series presenting the contents of our Brickstarter exhibition at the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, October 13-December 12th. The Full text in a legible font size: Last year it was kicking off everywhere. Upheavals in Tahrir Square, Zuccotti Park, Croydon, Athens, Moscow, and elsewhere demonstrate that citizens are actively engaged in [...] Read more – ‘Provocation I: The Crowd’.
Brickstarter goes Turkish
Apologies for the radio silence lately. We’ve been working hard on a number of other projects here in the strategic design unit at Sitra. Those include a Helsinki Design Lab event coming up in a few days, launching a food entrepreneurship bootcamp called Open Kitchen, and preparing Brickstarter for an exhibition. We’re very happy to [...] Read more – ‘Brickstarter goes Turkish’.
Brickstarter in the news
As you may have noticed, we’ve been in summer mode during July which means that posting was light. Luckily we had Maija join us before the summer, and she was able to prepare a series of fact cards that have been popping up every week. We started with a survey of initiatives here in Finland [...] Read more – ‘Brickstarter in the news’.
Brickstarter prototype v0.1, and using sketches to ask questions
Previously on Brickstarter: our project is about sketching new cultures of public decision-making, predicated on reversing NIMBY cultures to become YIMBY cultures. We’re creating a platform for making suggestions about how to improve your neighbourhood or environment, and then turn those proposals into projects. We do this in order to start constructive conversations within and [...] Read more – ‘Brickstarter prototype v0.1, and using sketches to ask questions’.
Update: Where we’re at in May 2012
Every now and then I look over and Dan has a new set of sketches on his desk. They’re usually boxes within boxes, which means he’s drawing out versions of the various screens that will comprise Brickstarter. The boxes are chunks of interaction that he’s nudging around. He draws, we talk occasionally, and eventually the [...] Read more – ‘Update: Where we’re at in May 2012’.
Early product sketches, March-April 2012
Increasingly all our projects at Sitra are being produced in as open and legible a fashion as possible. We’re a public body, with a mission of stimulating system change, and generating debates as to what that might mean, so sharing is a strategy as well as a (good) obligation. With that in mind, we’ll be [...] Read more – ‘Early product sketches, March-April 2012’.