The project Opendesign+ deals with contemporary
problems in the ﬁeld of design in its various aspects and
opens new opportunities for visualization and creation
as a discipline free and open.
It contributes to the development of collaborative practice
and the creation of network of young designers to a growing
diffusion of knowledge and culture of
open design in society.
The project Opendesign+ supports an alternative design
methodology, based on free exchange of information.
Opendesign+ provides the platform to promote collaboration in
design open source, and seeks to establish a balance
between individual independent creators
and collective power of collaboration.
Opendesign+ hopes that this method would promote the open
design and design projects for the greater beneﬁt of society.
The project Opendesign+ is an innovative introduction to
carry out a system and therefore delivering more
beneﬁt to a community as a whole.
Designers alone do not know what is best for the users; (they see
them through the artiﬁcial, biased and manipulative ﬁlter of
marketing) therefore the user group should be included
into the design community to re-establish the direct
link between designers and users.
This release of restrictions on heightening ideas
will aid integration and evolution.
A challenge or problem is submited by an external organization or
by the members of Opendesign+ project. The problem is given a
peer review by Design faculty in a participating school and made
accessible in the Opendesign+ database.
How does it work ?
The Design faculties in a participating school will present the project
to the students in the course.
The students, working in teams, investigate the state of the art
around technology related to the challenge, establish design
constraints, brainstorm design concepts, then design and
As with any design course, at the end students give a ﬁnal report
and project presentation, which may include
recommendations for future work.
In all stages of the project, teachers and students collaborate
with the different groups in other schools using the tools
and platform Opendesign+.
A ﬁrst phase of exploration and deﬁnition of the objectives, leading
to the ﬁnal brief of the project will organize the community and deﬁne
the rules and the roles.
Committors: (faculty and student leaders)
Contributors: (students who participate in project),
Users: (other student volunteers from the schools involved).
A second phase laying the groundwork of the study and permit each
contributor of the community to propose ideas and concepts.
During this phase a ﬁrst selection and a ﬁrst synthesis will take place
with the participation of potential users member
of the community.
A third phase will develop the concepts or selected, the work will be
divided into groups supporting a part of the study
(management of space, furniture, services, etc..).
A ﬁnal phase will select the concept that best meet the objectives
deﬁned in the preliminary phase, and each group will make the
adaptation to different local contexts in France and Asia (materials,
All research, concepts and work produced during the study will
be licensed "creative common" and available for free
sharing for the community.
A book and a website bringing together the different phases of the
study will be published at the end of the experiment.
The challenge :
Developing student housing is challenging because the low rents
students can afford does not support the high operating
expenses and construction costs usually encountered.
The deﬁcit in the balance of trade between western and Asian
countries has created a surplus of shipping containers that has
lowered their price because they are often more expensive
to ship back empty than to build new in Asia.
Now many experiments has shown how to use the latter problem to
solve the former, cure a shortage of student housing and create a
new lifestyle that students ﬁnd desirable.
Students ... ﬁnd it difﬁcult and expensive to live in the city. In any
countries the universities do not provide housing for their students.
Today, huge number students are on a waiting list
for student housing....
Reusing shipping containers is the ultimate in sustainability, using far
fewer materials and far less embodied energy than any kind of
construction.But it could be difﬁcult to ﬁnd containers that are in
reasonably similar condition, and reconditioning and conversion
costs with local labor could be too expensive.
Therefore, the project can use an existing container factory in China
to construct and convert the containers in a continuous sequence,
which lowered the costs signiﬁcantly.
The housing container will be consider as modular ﬁnished unit.
The ﬁrst step will be started by
Design management students in Seoul