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Detachables, lösbare Verbindungen!

Dec 02, 2015
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Detachables, lösbare Verbindungen!

Alle Produkte und Prozesse sind systemische Strukturen. Es sind Beziehungsgefüge von entweder mittelbaren oder unmittelbaren Abhängigkeiten und Einflüssen – aber vor allem von vielen größeren und kleineren Teilen, von Bausteinen, von Modulen. Diese können von unterschiedlicher Art und Dimension sein. Jedoch dort, wo sie sich begegnen, um sich zu einem Gefüge zusammen zu finden, besitzen sie eine gegenseitig angepasste Schnittstelle. Alles bezieht sich dann auf alles. Es gibt in der Modularität keine Singularität!

Im Workshop werden modulare Strukturen untersucht – lösbare modulare Strukturen! Ohne Schraub- oder Gewindeverbindung, aber mit großer Festigkeit. Allein die Schwerkraft und die Formschlüssigkeit nutzend. Ein Experiment!

Anlässlich des 50. Jubiläums des USM Haller Möbelbausystems nehmen ca. 16 Studenten der School of Design der HfG Offenbach am Main an diesem Workshop vom 16.-26.11.2015 teil. Unter der Betreuung von Prof. Frank Georg Zebner, Industrial Designer und der Unterstützung von Spielmanns Kronbergfindet dieser Workshop in der atemberaubenden Kulisse des Frankfurter Messeturmes statt.

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Repetitive City – rethink the modular

Oct 14, 2015
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Repetitive City – rethink the modular

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18 Studenten der Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik  Freiburg, untersuchen gemeinsam mit jungen Architekten in interdisziplinären Arbeiten zwischen Design, Kunst und Architektur/Stadtplanung die modularen Aspekte urbaner Gestaltung und Gesellschaft. 

Unter der Leitung des Designers Daniel Dilger setzen sie sich dabei mit Fragen zwischen Konstruktion und Sozialisation auseinander:

Was haben Facebook und Containerarchitektur gemeinsam?
Wie beeinflusst Wiederholung unsere moderne Seh- und Lebensweise?

 Die Wiederholung ist ein zentraler Aspekt der modernen Industriegesellschaft: 

In der maschinellen Produktion ebenso wie in Werbung, den Informationsmedien, in der IT; 
Die Gestaltung, von der Musik bis zu Design & Architektur kommt seit jeher nicht ohne sie aus.

Sie ist der Rhytmus der uns umgibt.

Wiederholbarkeit bildet gleichzeitig einen wichtigen Einzelaspekt von Modularität. 

Der Freiburger Workshop versucht nun durch einen intensiven Austausch zwischen den Gestaltungsdisziplinen Strategien zu skizzieren wie und wo  man auf dieser Basis in Design und Architektur neue Reize setzen könnte. 

Die Hochschule für Kunst Design und Populäre Musik, Freiburg, vereint verschiedene Gestaltungsformate interdisziplinär unter einem Dach und steht für einen lebendigen Kreativitätstransfer in Freiburg. Mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung des Einrichtungshaus Arnold und USM wird der RETHINK THE MODULAR-Workshop an 3 aufeinanderfolgenden Wochenenden Ende Oktober bis Mitte November auf dem Gelände des alten Güterbahnhof Freiburg stattfinden. Der „Gare du Nord“ befindet sich seit Jahren in stetigem Wandel und bildet so ein spannungsreiches und kreatives Umfeld.  

Ein Besuch der USM-Zentrale in Bühl schließt den Workshop ab. 

Der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert werden die Arbeiten im Dezember in einer Ausstellung in den Räumlichkeiten der Arnold Einrichtungskultur GmbH – Natürlich nicht ohne vorab in einer großen Vernissage sich selbst und die entstandenen Arbeiten gebührend gefeiert zu haben.

 

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Think global, act local – Modularity Across Cultures

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Oct 02, 2015
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Think global, act local – Modularity Across Cultures

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MODULARITY | MODULARITÄT INTRO | EINFÜHRUNG
Modularity is is a term with many meanings in many contexts ranging from architecture to design to engineering and software development. For example, on the one hand modularity could be referring to a collection of self–‐ sufficient entities that can be parts of a larger „organism,“ such as the command module of a spaceship/–‐station or blocks of programming code for a particular software. On the other hand, modularity could be referring to a closed system of repeated parts that can be assembled in many variations as needed, such as Lego blocks or USM Haller furniture in which the components/pieces are dependent upon the system as a whole. Still other examples include bricks or the Japanese Tatami mat, which represent standarized units of measurement.

WHO / WHAT / WHERE / HOW | WER / WAS / WO / WIE
Regardless of which type of modularity we refer to, one of the most essential – if not the most essential part of a module is its interface, or the link / juncture between two or more modules. Using countries and cultures as a metaphor for modules in a global society, one can observe that between countries and cultures this interface can be of a physical nature; borders and landscapes, or of a metaphysical nature; between language and rituals (culture).
This investigation into the topic of MODULARITY will be conducted between three design faculties from three countries and continents – Germany/Europe, Japan/Asia, and USA/North America: The Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Rainer Haegele, Prof. Linn Song), Chiba University (Prof. Kaname Yanagisawa), and The University of Texas at Austin (Prof. Tamie Glass).
A series of three workshops are planned in order to ponder, discuss and create drawings, objects, and/or artifacts addressing the topic of modularity across cultures. Workshop 1 will be conducted in Rosenheim, from the 22. – 26. September 2015 with students from Japan and Germany. The second is planned to take place in late October/Early November with American and German students. The third will be in the form of an elective course during which the German students will further develop ideas and attempt to synthesize and summarize results of the international workshops, and to produce a broshure to document the results.
The specific topics and „products“ of the workshops will be determined by the students taking part, based upon the framework set forth by the collaborating professors. For example, due to the presumably larger differences in cultural norms and rituals between Japan and Germany (certainly alone the language – both spoken and written), the workshop in September could entail the analysis, comparison, and contrast of respective rituals or languages („cultural modules“) and the search for an „interface“ to join the „Japanese“ and „German.“ During the second workshop in Texas, due to the presumably more similar cultures, the students will be faced with a different set of problems (modules) for which an „interface“ must be developed.

The results of the workshop will be presented at the showroom of cbo computer- und bürotechnik vertrieb oberland gmbh in Raubling-Rosenheim.

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Think global, act local!

Aug 18, 2015
3:12 pm
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Wie sehen junge Kreative Modularität?

Anlässlich des fünfzigsten Jubiläums des USM Haller Möbelbausystems entwickelte eine 14-köpfige Studierendengruppe des Fachbereichs Design der Fachhochschule Münster im Sommersemester 2015 unter der Leitung des Produktdesigners Prof. Steffen Schulz individuelle Sichtweisen, welche die unterschiedlichsten Facetten von Modularität unterhaltsam beleuchten.

Ausgehend von intensiven Reflektionen und Diskussionen wurde zu Beginn des Seminars der Modularitätsbegriff hinterfragt. Schnell wurde klar, dass „Rethink the modular“ vieles bedeuten kann. So entstanden im Laufe des Semesters elf individuelle Definitionen, die als gestaltete Statements in den Räumlichkeiten von Ventana erlebbar werden.

Die elf Projekte zeigen,  wie oft man im Alltag auf modulare Systeme und Prozesse stößt. Auch die vorliegende Broschüre, eines der Projekte der Studierenden , ist modular aufgebaut und erlaubt durch ihre Machart, die jeweiligen Informationen über die Arbeiten portionsweise wahrzunehmen.

Während das Projekt „Modular information“ die Bild- und Textinformationen der Projektarbeiten modular aufbereitet, fokussiert sich das Projekt „wort-ge-wand-t“ auf Satz- und Wortbausteine, die von den Besuchern kombiniert werden können, um dadurch immer wieder neue Bedeutungen zu erlangen.

Andere Projektansätze zum Thema „Rethink the modular“ basieren auf Überlegungen zu Akustik und Optik. Auch zum Thema Teamgedanken entwickelte ein Studierender ein Statement und lässt unter dem Titel „You, Me & Modularity“ die Besucher Modularität mit dem eigenen Körper erfahren.

Mit der Ausstellung der experimentellen Projekte zu „Rethink the modular“ in den (teilweise modularen) Einrichtungswelten von Ventana haben wir einerseits die Gelegenheit,  Projektentwicklungen des Fachbereichs einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit zu präsentieren und den Studierenden wird eine Plattform geboten, um Kontakte zu knüpfen. Andererseits möchten wir wiederum die Besucher durch Designthemen unterhalten und für Alltägliches sensibilisieren.

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Summing up: Burkhard Meltzer & Tido von Oppeln

Watch the interview with the curators of «rethink the modular», as they are confronted with the final results of their work at the Milan exhibition.

Jul 08, 2015
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Summing up: Burkhard Meltzer & Tido von Oppeln

As the curators, Burkhard Meltzer & Tido von Oppeln played a key role and stood central to the conception, planning and execution of the «rethink the modular» project that took off with a one week workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France.

Watch their interview, as they are confronted with the final results of their work at the Milan exhibition, seven months later.

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BLESS made you raise your glass

Watch the interview with Marlene Oetken – member of team BLESS, Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe – explain the performances this team choreographed within the framework of the «rethink the modular» project.

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BLESS made you raise your glass

Watch the interview with Marlene Oeken – member of team BLESS, Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe – explain the performances this team choreographed within the framework of the «rethink the modular» project.

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Allan Wexler: Books and modularity

Don’t miss Allan Wexler, in this interview on the Book/Store installation, which he designed as a tutor with his «Masterclass»-team from the Parsons New School for Design in New York, as part of the «rethink the modular» project.

Jun 24, 2015
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Allan Wexler: Books and modularity

Don’t miss Allan Wexler, in this interview on the Book/Store installation, which he designed as a tutor with his «Masterclass»-team from the Parsons New School for Design in New York, as part of the «rethink the modular» project.

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