Thursday 11 June 2015 - 00:00 to Sunday 28 June 2015 - 00:00
Elegant Embellishments, Berlin

Maker Library = Makespace + Library + Gallery

Maker Libraries are creative spaces that combine reading, showing, and making. They are defined by three key elements: a library, a make-space and a gallery. Each Maker Library connects with the network over an online platform.

Elegant Embellishments Ltd will function as Germany’s first Maker Library in the international Maker Library Network. Its team will operate from their architectural studio, create a community centre and reading-room, host discussions and workshops. They will connect with the other Maker Libraries in the Network over the online platform which also provides access to open source designs and mentoring resources.

Programme - Free Workshops and Talks  


Elegant Embellishments, Axel-Springer-Str. 39, 10969 Berlin

Thu, June 11: A Culture Of Making

Talk by Jannis Hülsen and Stefan Schwabe, 11:00 — 13:00 

Based on their experience of working with biological processes and living systems, Stefan and Jannis picture their view on material development, production processes and cultural implications of biotechnology. Sign up on Eventbrite

Fri, June 12, 15:00 — 18:00: KHIPU - Crafting Big Data

Installation and Workshop by Cecilia Palmer

In this mixed-media workshop connecting handicraft, coding, ethnographic research and data visualisation we will explore the Incas ancient method of recording information – the Khipu, a system of ropes and knots. Find out more about Cecilia's work and sign up on Eventbrite

Sat, June 13, 11:00 — 13:00: Hi-Resolution Architecture

Talk by Gilles Retsin / Bartlett RC4  

Gilles Retsin will describe some of the work from Research Cluster 4 at UCL - the Bartlett School of Architecture, which develops computational design methodologies focusing on large-scale 3D printing and robotic fabrication. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Thu, June 1811:00 — 13:00: Integrative Computational Design in Architecture

Talk by Oliver David Krieg

Oliver's talk will present current developments in digital design and fabrication necessitating a rethinking of architecture not as an artistic result but as an emergent process. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Fri, June 1916:00 — 18:00: Making Sense

Talk by Daniel Charny and Gunnar Groves-Raines

Gunnar’s talk will focus on the experiences, successes and challenges of an architectural practice with making at its heart. Drawing on his 25 years of experience in design, Daniel Charny will reflect on contemporary attitudes to making. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Sat, June 20, 11:00 — 13:00: Make or Break

Workshop by Daniel Charny

Find out more about Daniel's activities on his website and sign up on Eventbrite.

Thu, June 25, 12:00 — 13:00: Realities - United Projects

Talk by Tim Edler

Tim will talk about the award winning Flussbad project, a concept to convert part of Berlin’s Spree River into a natural swimming pool. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Fri, June 26, 16:00 — 18:00: Making In Immersive Technologies (AR & VR) 

Talk and Workshop by Miho Tanaka

Miho's first part will be a talk on on the various immersive technologies and devices that are currently available or in development, and how they might change the way we design and prototype things. The second half will be a live demo of some of the products. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Sat, June 27, 11:00 — 13:00: Rethinking the chemistry of materials and the non-linearity in biology

Talk by Dr. Filipe Natalio

In the Natalio Group, we are designing new materials that can mimic complex structures that can be found in nature by bringing together a wide range expertise from material sciences to biology and chemistry. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Sat, June 27, 16:00 — 18:00: Future Of Transportation - Trends and Projections

Talk by Michel David

Michel's talk will cover upcoming trends in transportation technology, main systems in use today and their projected future. It includes, among the rest; Flying cars, Suborbital flights, gravity trains Helical escalators and much more. Sign up on Eventbrite.

MakeCity: Re_Sourcing the Urban

In light of 2014’s momentous referendum which saw Berliners vote against the city government’s master plan for the redevelopment of the former Tempelhof Airfield – one of the inner city’s largest open commons – it is clearer than ever that citizens here want to be part of the rethinking and reshaping of their city.

Make City – Resourcing the Urban is about discovering and optimising our urban resources, whether they be spatial, material or based upon the vast potential of civic engagement.

The festival brings together numerous urban initiatives both in Berlin and internationally. As a new format, Make City is made possible by over 100 founding partners: these are architects, designers, agencies, planners, developers, civic groups, and platforms in the city that stand for civic engagement and empowerment. These collaborators have co-financed the festival, and bring their international network of city-makers into the mix.