On the 12th of October I had the privilege of presenting some of my recent research at the 2013 OpenStreetMap State of the Map Scotland conference at the Inspace Gallery in Edinburgh.

My half hour talk covered my interest in the use of 3D tags in OpenStreetMap and how this data could be used to produce 3D architectural visualisation and physical models, with the potential to open up access to these powerful tools to communities and organisations that currently can not afford them. I covered the work I had been involved in to map building data in the Gorbals, and the possibilities for this approach to be streamlined and used to map other areas. Along the way I covered OSM2World OSMBuildings, 3D Printing, LIDAR, open data, and distributed manufacturing. I then went on to speak a bit about my more broad interest in the role that architects and other professionals working in the built environment might play in the open/commons movement.

My thanks go to the conference organisers, and particularly Bob Kerr and Tim Foster, who have helped put me in touch with the ever helpful OpenStreetMap Scotland community. Thanks as well to Chris Fleming who provided live-streaming of all of the presentations and Shaun McDonald who recorded the video of my presentation below.


MAKLab's WikiHouse : Day Three

For reasons beyond the team’s control, day three has become the final day of the Wikihouse project – for now at least. The original plan; to place the structure on Buchanan Street by the entrance to Mitchell Lane, was stymied by the arrival of a huge amount of scaffolding on the site over the course of the early morning. Rather than fight for meagre space on the street, the decision was made to move the project upstairs to the MAKLab workshop. Keen to turn a hindrance into an advantage, this has meant that for today and tomorrow, MAKLab has been turned into a fantastic exhibition of its own handy work.

As the frame sections had been put together in the Lighthouse’s delivery yard, originally intended to be carried to the street, a bit of creative deconstruction and moving was called for. With the entire team put to work, the four sections of frame were manoeuvred through the Lighthouse’s main entrance, up a curving flight of stairs and through a live gallery space, before being dropped off in the workshop for reconstruction

With a great deal of lifting, balancing and team-work, the two frames came together, just in time for the studio to be cleared and cleaned, and some examples of some of the best work that has come through the MAKLab studio could be put on show.

While it’s a little sad that the whole structure couldn’t make it onto the street today and tomorrow, there are plans for this Wikihouse, or another like it to become something of a peripatetic MAKLab exhibition space. For now, the team should be immensely proud of the massive amount of work that has gone into making this three metre tall jigsaw puzzle in well under a week – from CNC cutting dozens of sheets of plywood all the way through to laying the roofing sheets on top.


MAKLab’s Wikihouse : Day Two

Day two of MAKLab‘s attempt to create a fully fledged Wikihouse. For most of the team, the day started early, after a late night before it. With one of the portal frames completed and a second on its way, the morning action took place in the Lighthouse’s delivery yard, where the segments could be laid out and lifted upright.


The Gwangju Prototype design that the team are using was designed for an internal exhibition, and includes a ramp to allow visitors to walk around the structure. While MAKLab’s Wikihouse will be sited on busy Buchanan Street, the hope is the same; that the public will take the chance to walk around and see the team’s handy work up close.

With a reasonable amount of jiggery pokery, the first two frames were upright, just in time for the a light smattering of drizzle which forced us to down tools and pull all of the plywood under the shelter of the building.


In the meantime, there remained (and still remains) plenty of sanding down of freshly cut parts. The two sections of ramps, which will sit at either end of the structure, were knocked together and then shifted downstairs to sit with the rest of the skeleton, awaiting assembly.