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We have just finished installing a prototype of XYZ OPEN CITY in Groningen, The Netherlands. XYZ OPEN CITY is an open source, modular, low cost system that persons in local communities can use as a tool to implement a wide range of shared functions in public space. The XYZ OPEN CITY system can be used to build anything from urban gardens to fully functional insulated housing. Building materials can be new or recycled. XYZ OPEN CITY constructions can be dedicated to a specific purpose like for example an OPEN POWER STATION based on solar panels and/or wind turbines or it can form multifunctional buildings providing a variety of facilities. It can also be used to construct new infrastructure like bridges, etc. With XYZ OPEN CITY N55 proposes to share things in public space as an alternative to state or private ownership and hereby to establish new commons. XYZ OPEN CITY can plug into existing infrastructure and change the functions of existing buildings, indoors or outdoors, or it can be used to build a new city from scratch. When the system is implemented in an area, it can grow in relation to local needs and wishes. The XYZ OPEN CITY system can be seen as a do-it-yourself urban planning tool; An alternative to the top down urban planning that dominates most cities in the world. N55 encourage persons to build their own XYZ OPEN CITIES and hereby influence their local urban environments. The single modules are so lightweight that a crowd of people can carry one each, gather up at a site and quickly create a large structure with different functions in public space.
The manual for XYZ OPEN CITY can be found here
We have just tested the new PARKCYCLE SWARM in Copenhagen. The PARKCYCLE SWARM is a modular system that empower persons to build an instant public park whenever and wherever they want to. The PARKCYCLE SWARM consists of a number of human powered mobile gardens. The individual gardens can be combined to form public parks. A PARKCYCLE SWARM can consist of any number of individual gardens.
Check out the manual for PARKCYCLE SWARM here
The PARKCYCLE SWARM system is based on the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES project. ( Please find the manual here). PARKCYCLE SWARM is an Open Source project by N55 and Till Wolfer in collaboration with the Rebar group.
XYZ CARGO workshop at Pb43
We have just finished a 5 day workshop at Pb43 ( A user driven cultural center in Copenhagen ) Have a look at a video made in the situation here.
We are currently doing a workshop at the Ecological production school in Copenhagen, Teaching the students how to build a XYZ CARGO from scratch. In the next month we will do two workshops in Leipzig, Germany and one in Hamburg.
The last couple of months we have been concentrating on developing and finishing the design of the XYZ CARGO. Its based on our Open Source construction system XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES. In order to finance the further development of new free designs we are now starting up a production and distribution of the XYZ CARGO. The XYZ CARGO have been thoroughly tested and its ready!. The aim is to produce as much as possible of the vehicle locally and to produce and sell it in a fair way. The economy involved in the production will be completely transparent. It will be published in order for buyers to see what our fee for producing and assembling the XYZ CARGO is. You can preview the XYZ CARGO. com site here. The XYZ SHOP will be fully functional and ready before the first of June 2013.
The attempt to make an actual product based on a fair and environmentally friendly way of thinking
is part of an ongoing experiment focusing on low tech systems like the XYZ NODES construction system ( manual will be published soon) and high tech systems like the SPACEPLATES. We are trying to find ways of distributing our work where it can become part of any persons everyday life if they want it. At the same time we are researching the ethical and aesthetic implications of production and distribution. Can we find new and more fair ways of producing and distributing things?
More thoughts on design, production and distribution of things here: WE ARE ALL DESIGNERS
From now on N55 NEWS will be updated more frequently. It will work as a timeline and new stuff will just be added.
We participated in 13 exhibitions in 2012. News about our exhibition activity can always be found at N55 CV.
Please find a new updated version of the SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE manual here
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE in Bristol, UK
In December we will travel to Hong Kong to participate in the exhibition "Design Renegade", with XYZ MOBILE FACTORY:
Setting up the XYZ MOBILE FACTORY in Hong Kong
We are participating in the exhibition "Get it louder" in Beijing and we gave a talk there recently.
We have developed a new Version of the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES: The XYZ CARGO. Find some pictures of it in the manual for XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES here. We aim to take this project all the way and make our art part of everyday life for any person that would like it to be so. In order to find out if its possible to establish a fair way of producing and selling things locally under the realm of Open Source, and Creative Commons, we have decided to set up a MICRO BUSINESS producing and selling XYZ CARGOs locally and under fair conditions. We have been working for months in order to refine the design and production and we hope to be able to deliver homemade XYZ CARGOs in the spring. At the beginning of next year a crowdfunding campaign will be set up, enabling everyone to support this further development of XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES. Also we are searching for collaborators in production and distribution here . An internet store possibility for online ordering of XYZ CARGOs will be available soon. Until then inquire about prices ETC and place your order here. The manuals for the basic XYZ construction principles and the XYZ recumbent type will nonetheless remain for public download as specified here.
XYZ CARGO read more here
We are continuing our research into SPACEPLATES and an academic paper written together with our collaborators, architect Anne Romme and now also engineer Anne Bagger, about the subject, has been accepted for the ICSA, International Conference Structures and Architecture 2013. Follow the work at the manual for SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE. New summer photos of the worlds first permanent large structure using the principles can be found here
Negative gaussian curvature- model by Johann Rooijackers made for
the further development of the SPACEPLATES system.
We are looking for someone that can help us updating the N55 BOOK for printing a new edition. The current edition is from 2003. So there is a lot of new work to include. See more here
We have published two new N55 TEXTS: WE ARE ALL DESIGNERS, and THE POWER OF LOGIC VERSUS THE LOGIC OF POWER-urban planning.
A new MOVEMENT CAMPAIGN has been launched: RECLAIM THE PRODUCTION.
More about this soon. What if a simple construction system could be used to build most of the things persons need in their everyday life, in a sustainable way, from houses, vehicles to furniture etc? Manual for XYZNODES will be published soon!
The WALKING HOUSE has been moved to PB43 in Copenhagen. We are working on fixing a computer problem at the moment.
See WALKING HOUSE walk here.
FAMILY XYZ TOUR, July
XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES, Dundee, Scotland
XYZ FACTORY, cuxhaven, Germany
We are proud to present the first large scale version of the SPACEPLATES building system developed by N55 in collaboration with Anne Romme: The SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE in Bristol, UK. You can see a video documentation here. See the manual here.
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE. Bristol, UK. 2012
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE prototype, Copenhagen 2011
Relaxing at The ONE CITY CAMPAIGN site, 2011
WALKING HOUSE is now part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN in the center of Copenhagen.ONE CITY CAMPAIGN is a collaboration between N55, Anne Romme and the INSTANT HERLEV institute. The ONE CITY CAMPAIGN attempts to create connections between the urban and the suburban.
A number of things and persons will participate in the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN during the comming year. The N55 ship, the SHIP OF FOOLS will be moored at a central site in Copenhagen, where food will be grown etc. The SHIP OF FOOLS together with the WALKING HOUSE will serve as accomodation for persons working in the situation.
You can see WALKING HOUSE walk here. Watch a time lapse video here. The very first steps can be watched here. Or read about it in Dwell magazine here.
WALKING HOUSE at the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN, 2011
XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES are also part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN. Please see the manual here or watch them in action here.
N55 are currently developing a new system called the PUBLIC SPACE ROVER in collaboration with Bill Mckenna, Sam Kronick and Anne Romme. The PUBLIC SPACE ROVER will be used to perform various missions in PUBLIC SPACE. At the moment we are working on the control systems. It can be controlled by a smartphone or a computer positioned anywhere in the world using the internet and wifi. Watch a walking test at the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN here
PUBLIC SPACE ROVER taking a walk at ONE CITY CAMPAIGN
COMMUNAL BAKERY was realized last spring in Rotterdam and will be part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN this summer in COPENHAGEN.
Have a look at the new manual for WORK IN PROGRESS here
DISCUSSIONS have been updated. Read new text here.
We have updated WALKING HOUSE SITUATIONS
We have updated MICRO DWELLINGS SITUATIONS
We have updated URBAN FREE HABITAT SYSTEM SITUATIONS
Manual for SOLAR POWER STATION (1999) has been added
N55 BOOK was released in January 2004. Please notice that there
are lots of new manuals ready to be downloaded at N55
A digital version of N55 BOOK can be downloaded
for free here.
Please find an updated version of N55CV here
NEWS was last updated March 2012
Thanks to Grethe Lund for photos of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN
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