Global Platform Denmark launch by Nick Ierodiaconou

From London to Denmark, 00 has teamed up with former team member Tim Ahrensbach (now at Action Aid) to design and build Global Platform Denmark - Denmark’s new centre for global citizenship and education.

Global Platforms is a worldwide network of training hubs for empowerment and activism, providing innovative trainings and capacity building for organisations and young individuals who wish to take positive action in their societies. 00 developed the designs, as well as supporting ActionAid in the co-build refurbishment of their Global Platform in Copenhagen. Within a tight budget of £30k and 6-week timeframe, the building was refurbished by young people (16-30 years) with previously limited construction skills.

If anyone is in Copenhagen this September, we invite them to come to the launch of Global Platform Denmark on September 6th at 15:00, where you will get the opportunity to see the space and get an insight into the activities and organistions that are housed here. The day will offer a plethora of workshops, drinks, good music, networking and light refreshments.

Global Platform Denmark is a community of 13 organisations, academics and social entrepreneurs, who collaborate on creating activities, which engender global sustainability and democratic participation, and fight poverty and injustice.

- SH & DS

Surprise wedding bells at 00 by Nick Ierodiaconou

This weekend it was surprise wedding bells for 00 couple, Lynton Pepper and Debbie So (now Pepper). The couple invited friends and family over under the pretense of a house warming BBQ and to our delight it was actually the surprise reception for their new marriage.

All the best to the happy couple from everyone at 00!

- 00

Launch of 'The Future Is Here' by Nick Ierodiaconou

More photos from the launch of 'The Future Is Here' at the Design Museum - congratulations to the team at Wikihouse and Opendesk for all of their hard work!

The Wikihouse and Opendesk set up, ft. Wikihouse version 3 and the OpenDesk Cafe tables, Edie tables, and Edie stools. All designs can be downloaded for free and printed on CNC machines.

View of the exhibition as it fills up

A range of 3D printed items on display

A big crowd pleaser, a pair of Kuka industrial robots forever building and unbuilding a set of panels.

... And last but not least, a team photo of Wikihouse and OpenDesk! From left to right we have Ian Bennick, Lynton Pepper, Joni Steiner, Nick Ierodiaconou, Sarah Gold, Alastair Parvin, Alice Fung and James Arthur. Many thanks to all of those who have also contributed so far and are not pictured.

Photos from the event taken by Joni Steiner, Debbie So, and The Institution of Education & Technology.

Read more about the launch here.


Design Museum: The Future Is Here by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 will be participating in the Design Museum's exhibit, THE FUTURE IS HERE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, open from 24 July - 29 October. 00 will be exhibiting pieces by OpenDesk, a platform for open source furniture — designs available to print yourself or have it made for you, and Wikihouse, an open source construction set whose aim is to allow anyone to design, download and ‘print’ CNC-milled plywood houses and components.


We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and use the objects that we depend on. It is a transformation that will affect commerce, industry, and the way that we all live as profoundly as any previous Industrial Revolution.

Want to know your additive manufacturing from your 3d printing, and find out how the 'new industrial revolution' will impact your life? Or just want to understand more about how the things around you are made? Then visit The Future is Here.

The exhibition explores how the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and consumer are becoming increasingly blurred. Significant changes in the way objects are made, the materials they are made of and the type of objects that people use have the potential to affect commerce, industry and the environment as profoundly as any past Industrial Revolution. See some of these manufacturing techniques demonstrated in The Future is Here Factory and find out how they will change the designed world around you.


Book your ticket in advance via the Design Museum Shop

- DS

The Future of Open: Photos by Nick Ierodiaconou

The Future of Open research project by the London OI included live events starting 1 July - 3 July through an exhibition, with fringe events in the evening, followed by a live speaking event on the 6th July 2013 at Mother London.

An exhibit of projects illustrating Open across a range of sectors and domains, including education, community projects, technology / hardware, and finance.

Taking the Future of Open exhibit to Mother London at 10 Redchurch St, EC2.

Tristan Copley-Smith presents Open Creatives, a proposed archive of open source digital files across the creative field.

A shot of the Share Your Idea session at the Future of Open event where individuals pitched ideas that could be shared or supported through an Open Institute.

Visit the http://www.oi-london.org.uk/ to share your ideas, and stay tuned for upcoming events.

You can also follow the Open Institute on twitter @OI_Ldn


The Future of Open: Video by Nick Ierodiaconou


video above

captures some of the 'Future of Open' day held Saturday 6th July - a day of futurescoping, sharing ideas and practice in the applications of Open both present and imminent. See the blog for access to the full stream of events on the day, plus slides from presenters. Enjoy!

Read a summary of the event from the OI blog here.

Visit the http://www.oi-london.org.uk/ to share your ideas, and stay tuned for upcoming events.

You can also follow the Open Institute on twitter @OI_Ldn


The Future of Open: exhibition & debate by Nick Ierodiaconou

Join us to explore The Future of Open at a series of events including a drop-in exhibition and a day of debate and conversation. This is an open call to propose, test, and lead the development of a 21st Century Open Institution. Use the links below to attend and help shape OI London, or drop us a line to host a fringe event in the space.

More information on events here.

Visit the http://www.oi-london.org.uk/ to share your ideas, and stay tuned for upcoming events.

You can also follow the Open Institute on twitter @OI_Ldn

- DS

TEDTalk: Architecture for the people, by the people by Nick Ierodiaconou

Full video available now - watch here!

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

"As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people -- particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty -- can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.

He is one of a team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, "printed" via CNC cutting machine and easily assembled. Parvin calls WikiHouse a very early experiment, the seed of what he sees as design’s great project in the 21st century: the democratization of production.

Text from TED.com, read and watch more here.

Follow Wikihouse at @wikihouse or www.wikihouse.cc/

- DS

SOAR Works sweeps the 2013 RIBA Awards! by Nick Ierodiaconou

Congratulations to the team behind SOAR Works, this year we picked up four awards at the 2013 RIBA Awards!

RIBA National Award 2013 RIBA Yorkshire Award 2013 RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award 2013 RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award 2013

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 52 RIBA National and EU Award winners (43 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU). SOAR Works is in the running, so watch out!

SOAR Works was commissioned for SOAR Enterprises Ltd, the trading arm of a community-led area regeneration partnership, and Sheffield City Council. The building provides artists’ studios, workshops, and workspaces for start-up enterprises and community organisations along with meeting and conferencing spaces in a flagship centre in Parson Cross, North Sheffield. 

- DS

Alice + Tav = 00 wedding! by Nick Ierodiaconou

Congratulations to the amazing couple Alice Fung and Tav Espian!

Alice, from 00:/ and the Hub Westminster, and Tav, frequent collaborator with 00:/, were married on 27 April, 2013. In true 00:/ and Hub style, the couple were married at Hub Kings Cross (designed by Alice Fung) under a wiki-alter surrounded by friends and family.

The wedding included English, Tamil, and Chinese ceremonies, and the dancing lasted all night long.

All the best to the brilliant couple!

Innovate UK by Nick Ierodiaconou

00:/ is today exhibiting at the new, multi-sector, networking event ‘Innovate UK’ – a joint venture from the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment. Uniting the highly successful Innovate and TechWorld events, Innovate UK - which takes place 11-13 March, 2013, at the Business Design Centre in London - will provide opportunities for companies looking to accelerate their growth through innovation, international trade and investment.

00:/ will share their latest thinking with an estimated 4,000 UK and international visitors, as part of a showcase of the most innovative work happening in the UK today. The event aims to drive economic growth by stimulating business-led innovation and opening up international trade opportunities.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “All our exhibitors are specially selected by the Technology Strategy Board and UKTI to feature at the exhibition and are ones that can demonstrate truly innovative products, services or technologies that have been developed here in the UK. We’re very pleased 00:/ is taking part in the event and believe it is a great representation of the UK’s strength in innovative business.”

Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment said: "Over the last two years, businesses that attended Innovate and TechWorld collectively generated over £70m worth of UK trade; 65% of them identified new business opportunities and 77% said they learned something that would help them to innovate. By bringing the events together we hope to deliver even more success for UK businesses whether by helping them grow through innovation, international trade and investment or collaborative opportunities.”

For more information, visit www.innovateuk2013.co.uk

Follow on Twitter @InnovateUK


00 at TED2013 by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 are delighted to have Alastair Parvin speaking at the TED2013: The Young, The Wise,The Undiscovered.

Alastair will be at the "Disrupt" session on Wed Feb 27, 8:30 – 10:15 (PST) speaking about Wikihouse.

For those who are lucky enough to be in sunny Long Beach, California or have access to a live TED stream, please tune in! Otherwise, we will be posting footage from the event as soon as possible afterwards.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to Wikihouse,

Follow Wikihouse at @wikihouse Or watch the latest video about the project here.

- DS

Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, and Smart “Professionals” too? by Nick Ierodiaconou

On Friday, February 22, 2013, David Saxby, director of 00, participated in the "Smart Cities" debate organised by EDGE.

On Friday, I participated in one of the most engaging debates that I have witnessed so far on the theme of  “Smart Cities”. Organised by EDGE, and supported by the Italian  & Danish Embassies in London, and hosted by Buro Happold, the assembled group of circa 80 people managed to quickly move the debate beyond techno-utopias/dystopias of Big Brother type surveillance under-pinned by ubiquitous sensors and data. Yes, such an Orwellian possibility exists, but allowing the definition of Smart to be hi-jacked by corporate interests looking to monetise this domain, would be to capitulate at the first obstacle.

Re appropriating the much appropriated term, which Wikipedia helpfully defines as unlocking the “social and intellectual capital” of our cities, seems an essential first step in this task. Understanding smart cities as an opportunity for us to radically transform the “intelligence” that we as citizens and society at large can utilize to progress towards the ultimate goals that underpin aspirations such as the ubiquitous sustainability e.g. social justice, human knowledge, biodiversity, resource efficacy, etc.

Sensors, data, computing, are essential underpinnings of this greater “awareness” and create new abilities for micro-coordination in our actions - although I note we already have over 9 billion of the worlds most advanced sensors already distributed across the surface of our planet, and developed speech over 40,000 years ago (I wander whether the first thing uttered was a fear that someone could now report on your behaviour?) . That said, rather than the narrow technological potentials of the Smart City in , it is its ability to change our values and behaviours that seems most profound e.g. if we are can be aware of the provenance of everything we consumer, no longer we will be able to claim ignorance of socially or environmentally unjust acts; will new platforms provide us with new forms of (mediated) trust to share and cooperate in radically new ways.  The potential in this respect seems even more enormous, and relevant to today’s challenges than a fridge that tells me when to buy milk.

However, after a day of genuinely thought provoking  presentations and intense discussion – all anchored to a programmatic reality (there was a high proportion of engineers in the room) , the inevitable question of what shall we do arise. Compared to the genuine energy of early sessions, a relative silence fell over the room; a telling silence.

In the past two decades it seems that intelligent professionals, and I use this term uncritically, have become accustomed to expecting leadership to come from outside; to wait to be asked and to act as consultants to those who initiate or lead. We have become a source of answers, on a pay as you go basis. We have not needed to ask deep questions, make the fundamental propositions, or take the real risk of attempting something radically new.

As Wikipedia helpfully pointed out, Smart Cities are about unlocking our “social and intellectual  capital”. Perhaps that starts by considering how we are selves are doing things.


The Common Room by Nick Ierodiaconou

The Churches Conservation Trust is trying out a new concept to bring St Laurence’s church on St Benedict Street, Norwich into re-use. It is a called The Common Room. Working in collaboration with The Churches Conservation Trust, 00:/ and Social Spaces are introducing the idea to the local community by bringing it to life for a day, on November 10, 2012.

What is The Common Room?

The Common Room could transform St Laurence’s church into a new type of shared space, made and shaped collectively by the community, and run on the principles of collaboration, connection and resourcefulness. Working through a co-operative membership model you could have access to the space, to meet people, experiment with ideas and start new projects for a small regular membership cost.

More than a coffee shop, restaurant, gallery or theatre alone - more than a traditional community centre, club house or office. You might pop in to make yourself a cup of tea have a chat and read your emails. Bring a dish and share a meal with others. Learn how to fix your bike, or the toaster. Or try and build your next big invention.

The idea of the Common Room is that it could be a social engine room for developing your ideas and projects.

What happens here would be up to you.

Logo design and artwork by Sarah Hollingworth Copy by Laura Billings


Scarce Times: Alternative Futures by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 with Alma-Nac and artist/designer (& local resident) Diana Matoso have been selected as one of four teams in the Architecture Foundation & Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) Scarce Times: Alternative Futures competition. Our joint submission - a community-led vision for the Bromley-by-Bow area - looks to uncover and bring together existing initiatives with latent resources - to build a truly do-it-yourself template for regeneration. The team will be working up this approach together with local residents and artist/makers over the coming months.

Press Release:

The Architecture Foundation are pleased to announce the winning teams of our collaborative Scarce Times: Alternative futures competition.  The selected groups are:

COMMUNITY COLLABOR-8 (Naznin Chowdhury, Carlos Manns and Nick Wolff)

BOW-NANZA (Dominic McKenzie and Peter Morris, Signs of Life [Bromley-by-Bow Centre], Spacehive and 815 Agency)

00 ALMA-NAC (Joni Stenier, Olivia Tusinski, Chris Bryant with Diana Matoso)

A BOOM COLLABORATION (Mike Whitehurst, James Warne, Blanche Cameron, Gary Grant, Karen Ihlau, Evan Lizon and Mat Proctor)

The Architecture Foundation and Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) at the University of Westminster sought to collaborate with four groups to work on a project with the community in Bromley-by-Bow, London. Rather than run a traditional selection competition we held two events at which teams presented themselves and their approach to the briefing document. Twenty-four teams presented at Event 1 (2 July 2012) and 14 of them continued on to Event 2 (23 July 2012).

From the presenting teams, the audience and the Jury – consisting of Nicola Bacon (Young Foundation/Social Life), Sarah Ichioka (Architecture Foundation), Moira Lascelles (Architecture Foundation), Flora Bowden (SEED Foundation), Deljana Iossifova (University of Westminster) and Jeremy Till (University of Westminster, Chair) – selected four groups with which the SCIBE team will collaborate over the next months to implement their projects. In addition, the jury decided to invite Alison Killing and Lutfa Begum + Sonia and Rania Khan to collaborate with one of the selected teams. Each team will be awarded £4,000 to begin implementing their respective projects over the following months.

Read more about Scare Times: Alternative Futures here.

No big deal... just the Prime Minister! by Nick Ierodiaconou

No big deal... it's just the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron announcing his new bill on co-operatives at 00:/'s social co-working space, Hub Westminster.

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his ideas about "moral capitalism" in a speech on the economy. He touched on greater transparency in pay and bonuses and suggested measures to make it easier for businesses to become co-operatives. The speech came as the City of London Corporation won its High Court bid to evict anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul's Cathedral.

See a video of the speech recorded by The Guardian, here.

An official transcript of the PM"s speech on "Start up Britain" from Number 10,here.

And, coverage of the PM's speech on "Moral Capitalism" from the Huffington post, here.


Grand Opening of SOAR Works by Nick Ierodiaconou

To our great delight, 00:/ have completed their latest new build:

On Friday 09th December 2011 SOAR Works (www.soarworks.co.uk), 00:/’s latest project, was officially opened by Sir Bob Kerslake Permanent Secretary Communities & Local Government, Cllr Julie Dore Leader Sheffield City Council & David Blunkett MP.

The building was commissioned for SOAR Enterprises Ltd, the trading arm of a community-led area regeneration partnership, and Sheffield City Council. The building provides artists’ studios, workshops, and workspaces for start-up enterprises and community organisations along with meeting and conferencing spaces in a flagship centre in Parson Cross, North Sheffield. SOAR Works aims to revitalise and improve the long term social and economic prospects of the local community through supporting and furthering arts and enterprise.

The design of SOAR Works represents the strategic aims and ambitions of the client and multi-headed grant funders. With a fixed capital budget from the outset, 00:/ led their multi-disciplinary subconsultant team, which included responsibility for cost control, from design competition to completion. Deploying the budget strategically to deliver both a landmark building and also affordable workspace, was fundamental to creating something of design excellence. The cantilevered entrance canopy and playful use of dichroic glass behind perforated security shutters on the South facade, provide a highly functional yet surprising statement at the heart of the regeneration area.The steel-framed and steel-clad (inside and out) design builds on Sheffield’s cultural heritage of industry and progressive workspaces.

SOAR Works was led by architects Sarah Hollingworth and David Saxby from 00:/, with the help of their partners Steve Fisher & Austen Cook (Momentum), Philip Boulcott & Michael Perkins (AppleyardsDWB) and Trevor Barrett & Lujun Zhou (pha/Foster & Partners) and their respective teams.

See photos of the interior design below, more photos to come!

Screwing Business as Usual by Nick Ierodiaconou

Classic Sir Richard Branson cheeky title for his campaign on changing the way we look at business, a la "Screwing Business as Usual". The book launch took place last Tuesday at the Hub Westminster, ft. a host of people who shared their stories about challenging business norms and of course, Sir Richard Branson in the flesh (and hair!).

“Large enterprises and government can and must do more to help…young entrepreneurs.” - Sir Richard Branson

Rajeeb Dey, CEO of enternships.com, said of the figures: "With youth unemployment exceeding the million threshold it’s now important we send a message to young people that they can make a job rather than take a job and that entrepreneurship is a viable and rewarding career path in its own right.

“Right now young people need work experience to secure jobs and face a "catch 22" situation in obtaining these placements. By looking beyond the more traditional corporate employers and engaging with start-ups and small businesses, we can create new opportunities and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.”

Read more about it here.

- DS

Wikihouse at Emerging Group by Nick Ierodiaconou

Thanks to Chris and the Alma-nac guys for inviting 00:/ down to speak at Emerging Group for a second time. An interesting night of short presentations was enjoyed around the theme of mistakes - as a positive, fundamental and incredibly productive part of designing: Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

I spoke about theWikiHouse and the potential that we see this open platform having as a facilitator for ‘versioning’ diverse design ideas – beyond the house -  where we hope to see crowd-sourced critique and mass collaboration help to resolve design challenges, question and solve ‘mistakes’ and couple an atomised design community with the possibility of truly local fabrication – bringing about the idea of the corner-shop factory; the local Fab Lab.

It was great to see recent work from We Made That (and commiserate on both missing out on a recent project), hear about a fantastic construction in the Nevada desert by Warmbaby (nice name) and to meet some folks doing amazing things with new 3D scanning technology.

- JS