Collaborating with lead partner, MaticHub in Cebu, Philippines, we have been researching indigenous materials native to the Tay and wider region. Our researcher, Steph Liddle, shares what she discovered.
Fixperts is a learning programme that challenges young people to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems for a real person. In the process they develop a host of valuable transferable skills from prototyping to collaboration.
Fixperts offers a range of teaching formats to suit schools and universities, from hour-long workshops, to a term-long project, relevant to any creative design, engineering and STEM/STEAM studies.
Salvage – a term that, in English, was originally associated with the payment received ‘for saving a ship from wreck or capture’ – only came to describe the act of saving itself in the late 19th century with the dawn of the salvage corps. As cities grew, and the risk of large-scale property loss became more central, insurance underwriters found it profitable to establish fire salvage services to reduce losses. A later meaning, evolving during WWI, refers to the ‘recycling of waste material’: put explicitly, the combing of battlefields by the British Army’s Salvage Corps (a ghoulish double entendre), which re-purposed the parts and property of fallen machines and soldiers for continuing use in the war effort.
Of all the mysteries and injustices of the McDonald’s ice cream machine, the one that Jeremy O’Sullivan insists you understand first is its secret passcode.
Press the cone icon on the screen of the Taylor C602 digital ice cream machine, he explains, then tap the buttons that show a snowflake and a milkshake to set the digits on the screen to 5, then 2, then 3, then 1. After that precise series of no fewer than 16 button presses, a menu magically unlocks. Only with this cheat code can you access the machine’s vital signs: everything from the viscosity setting for its milk and sugar ingredients to the temperature of the glycol flowing through its heating element to the meanings of its many sphinxlike error messages.
“No one at McDonald’s or Taylor will explain why there’s a secret, undisclosed menu," O’Sullivan wrote in one of the first, cryptic text messages I received from him earlier this year.
As O’Sullivan says, this menu isn’t documented in any owner’s manual for the Taylor digital ice cream machines that are standard equipment in more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants across the US and tens of thousands more worldwide. And this opaque user-unfriendliness is far from the only problem with the machines, which have gained a reputation for being absurdly fickle and fragile. Thanks to a multitude of questionable engineering decisions, they’re so often out of order in McDonald’s restaurants around the world that they’ve become a full-blown social media meme. (Take a moment now to search Twitter for “broken McDonald’s ice cream machine” and witness thousands of voices crying out in despair.)
The Institute of Making was founded by Zoe Laughlin, Mark Miodownik and Martin Conreen in 2010* in order to celebrate and explore the relationship between materials and processes. It became part of University College London (UCL) in 2012, and opened the current space on Malet Place (London, WC1E 7JE) in March 2013.
At the heart of the Institute of Making is the Materials Library – a growing repository of some of the most extraordinary materials on earth, gathered together for their ability to fire the imagination and advance conceptualisation. A place in which makers from all disciplines can see, touch, research and discuss, so that they can apply this knowledge and experience to their own practice.
Designer, maker and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin dismantles and dissects three classic items to understand the wonders of form, function and material that go into making them, before building her own truly bespoke versions, step by step.
I felt a bit embarrassed putting this site together as it seemed a bit like vanity publishing. At times it was also an odd feeling, 'editing' my past. But then, I had all the images and it seemed a waste to let them rot, and I wanted to try doing a website. Practically, it will also be useful for anyone interested in commissioning work to look at my past stuff.
We wanted to create a game that would resonate with the experience of real people. The story mode of Common’hood is a story based on real world events, as factories fail and become abandoned, many citizens lose their jobs, get evicted and end up in the street. In a way we are talking of communities at the edge of homelessness. Debt is problem for many and we wanted to create a game that would give a sense of hope in terms of the empowerment obtained from making things with your own hands. The work of Ron Finley, has been particularly inspirational. Common’hood tries to engage real issues and share recipes for autonomous communities to become empowered and resilient. We hope to be able to develop a community around the game and grow the project organically for many years.
The Haul Earth Ledger is an opensource fundraising platform aiming to facilitate the transition from a consumer society to a creative, inventive, expressive society. Drawing from similar efforts before it like the Whole Earth Catalog, the Ledger collects tutorials which look at consumer goods as raw materials for further experimentation.
In doing so, the team aims to question the power of the few remaining consumer brands out there clinging to power, while ensuring the lifecycle of these devices is extended to the best of our community's capacity. This, we hope can contribute acknowledging and alleviating the burden our lifestyles have been for our home, the Earth.
Don’t let the name fool you: WesternTrash is waste-neutral and 100% sustainable. The materials are upcycled or recyclable, the packaging is reusable, and bottles are sourced locally in Berlin. It’s about taking trash out of the system without putting any back.
Critical Jugaad is jugaad done as an act of everyday resistance and survival. Critical Jugaad is a term I have coined that is based on an inquiry that explains how people use ingenious making practices like jugaad as a tool for resistance, subversion and criticality against colonial powers of oppression. Jugaad is a Hindi term which means making do with what you have at hand. Jugaad-like practices form cultural binders and empower people to find a collective force to fight oppression while practicing creative self-expression.
Cette formation permettra d’approfondir les notions clés de la commercialisation d’objets de réemploi pour proposer une offre de produits attractive, des animations commerciales adaptées dans un espace de vente bien organisé.
Il s’agit d’un module d’approfondissement complémentaire de la formation « Métier d’agent valoriste » proposé par les Ecossolies. Il peut être suivi indépendamment du parcours.
Toute personne travaillant dans une structure du secteur réemploi/recyclage ayant une activité commerciale (gestion d’un point de vente, participation à des événements commerciaux). Pour les personnes en reconversion professionnelle ou portant un projet d’entrepreneuriat dans le secteur du réemploi, merci de nous contacter pour étudier les possibilités de suivre la formation.
Cette formation est ouverte aux personnes en situation de handicap.
Si vous êtes est en situation de handicap, nous vous invitons à nous contacter rapidement pour étudier et confirmer les possibilités d’accueil en formation, et mettre en place les moyens nécessaires à votre participatio
1. Acquérir un "socle commun" : maitriser ce que représente et pèse le secteur du réemploi et de la gestion des déchets (enjeux, organisation, acteurs majeurs)
2. Situer le rôle d’agent valoriste dans ce panorama, et à son échelle, par des approches liées à la technique et à la posture professionnelle
Pour qui ?
Cette formation est ouverte aux personnes travaillant dans une structure du secteur du réemploi, du recyclage dans l’ESS, ou exerçant des fonctions en lien avec la collecte, le tri et la valorisation d’objets et matériaux au sein de collectivités et opérateurs privés.
Pour les personnes en reconversion professionnelle ou portant un projet d’entrepreneuriat dans le secteur du réemploi, merci de nous contacter pour étudier les possibilités de suivre la formation.
Cette formation est ouverte aux personnes en situation de handicap.
Si vous êtes est en situation de handicap, nous vous invitons à nous contacter rapidement pour étudier et confirmer les possibilités d’accueil en formation, et mettre en place les moyens nécessaires à votre participation.
Für Upcycling schlägt mein Herz! Materialien, die eigentlich Müll sind, inspirieren mich zu neuen Designs. Wir brauchen mehr Ideen, statt mehr Ressourcen!
Re-cycling findet immer statt, früh oder spät, mit oder ohne unser Einverständnis. Upcycling dagegen öffnet den geschlossenen Kreis des Recyclings, um ihn in eine aufsteigende Spirale zu verwandeln: Obsoletes neu zu arrangieren, damit etwas Besseres entsteht, etwas Überlegenes. Dies geschieht nicht ohne menschliche Entscheidung, ohne Kurswechsel, ohne Politik.
Amid growing concerns over global warming, plastic in our oceans and the problems of electronic waste, there are some developing solutions. In Finland Kierrätyskeskus (re-use centres) have been going since the early 1990s. Owned by the city council, but run independently, there are now eight shops in and around Helsinki offering second-hand, repaired and upcycled items. Everything is donated by the public, via drop off centres, or at the shops or via home collection. All profit is used to improve local environmental and waste services.
How can citizens, policy-makers and businesses co-design circular and regenerative cities?
The Maker Mile (www.makermile.cc) was mapped by Machines Room a FabLab just down the canal on Vyner Street; a cobbled cul de sac filled with wharfs and warehouses home to taxi mechanics, sign printers, and London’s oldest umbrella maker. Instigated by Clear Village and with support from Human Cities, Maker Mile launched during London Design Festival 2015 with Open Mile. For one night 12 spaces opened their workshops and the public could get involved with hands on making and behind the scenes tours of workspaces. Over 600 people collected a map, made locally at East London Print Makers, followed the trail on a rainy Monday night and experienced the thriving community, that many, including those already working there, hadn’t realised was on their doorstep.
Fab City Prototype: TOMORROW
After giving the group a general perspective on the spaces and people that are currently shaping the prototype, participants were invited to work on three particular subjects that are key to designing a roadmap for the future of the neighbourhood:
Fabrication & materials: with complementary production ecosystems happening inside the local network of Fab Labs, citizens have the possibility to produce what they consume, recirculating materials inside the neighbourhood and the city to reduce waste and carbon emissions associated with long-distance mass production and distribution chains.
Food production: growing food on the rooftops of Barcelona. Through urban agriculture practices, citizens can grow part of what they eat turning production of local clean food in a regular pat of their lives.
Energy: Renewable energy production. With the arrival of domestic batteries and the cost drop of solar technologies, citizens have the tools to produce part of their domestic energy consumption.