Open Source Architecture
Manifesto movie

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Istanbul Design Biennial 2012: this movie shows how a custom printer continually updates a copy of the Open Source Architecture Manifesto Wikipedia entry, written on a wall in the entrance to the Adhocracy exhibition at the Istanbul Design Biennial.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

The project began over a year ago, when editor of Domus magazine and curator of the Adhocracy show Joseph Grima asked Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associatti to write a manifesto for open source architecture.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

The studio decided to start a Wikipedia page about open-source architecture, so it could be continually updated by the online community.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

For the biennial they have created a kinetic installation that demonstrates how the page keeps evolving as it is added to and altered.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

They have installed a vertical plotter in the entrance of the Adhocracy exhibition that writes, erases and rewrites sections of the manifesto onto a whiteboard as it receives changing information from the Wikipedia page.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

Find out more about the project in our previous story here and read our interview with the exhibition curator Joseph Grima here.

Open Source Architecture Manifesto movie

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  • Des

    All I would like to know is where are the schematics of this vertical plotter?

  • nccarc

    Guys, someone has already invented something that does the same thing, only less messy. It’s called a LCD monitor.

    • pietro leoni

      LCD was invented by someone who didn’t know there were already cathode ray tubes.

  • pietro leoni

    Thank you for your interest Des.

    Schematics, as well as the software, will be released in December, at the end of Adhocracy. Maybe we will open a page on our site, but the source files will be on thingiverse or something like it. Although the concept was the interaction rather than the machine itself, we worked on something easily reproducible with standard components.