Open-building is a term from architecture (see Breimer 2011).

If the term 'open building' is new for you (it is a typical concept in architecture, and today also in technology), find a drawing/model below of a weekend house near Tokyo.

A similar concept, is used in land administration - fit for purpose (see e.g. Dyli, Bennett and Javier in GIM).

The guiding principles here are (quote):
Pro-poor and fit-for-purpose criteria, layed out by the GLNT and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), can be used to provide guidance on the capabilities of an app for land administration. The pro-poor mindset demands affordability, transparency, accessibility, equitability, registration of all types of rights, and recording of secondary rights and complex rights. But it also requires simplicity, quick recording techniques, minimal costs, reproducibility and relevance. Less focus is placed on spatial accuracy. Likewise, the fit-for-purpose approach demands affordability, reliability and inclusiveness. In addition, flexibility (in data capture approaches), attainability, participation and upgradability are necessary.

How do architecture, incremental housing or land administration have to do with a learning platform?

Well, building this light, businesscard in 2012, in html - and then incrementally letting it become a portfolio - made me realise, I was actually working with the concept of open building.

The framework was co-created in 2012 with a befriended webdeveloper, in a few hours really, based on our hands-on interactions about my Japanese pen drawings, and the pile of architecture and photography books I brought with me to communicate specifically the atmosphere, of the online presence, and representation of me as a freelancer.

(For instance, using a photographers' site - we created the font you see here, from scratch).

After that, within the framework, I had what Turner (1976) called 'Autonomy in the building environment' (freedom to build).

Since I do not know, how to actually build a framework, or too much about coding,

but I did know I had a financial limitation - I needed the lowest cost possible as a starting freelancer - I became inventive.

For instance, I would find more dynamic, more intuitive, more widely used tools elsewhere - and plug them in.

Have a look here, for a storyboard of water, as a modular and dynamic plug in to this html framework Instagram Urban Beyond the City.

If you have no idea, what coding in html looks like - I typed a little poetry for you below.

Interesting is that, this html framework was built in 2012 - back in the days of Twitter.
And that, I didn't have to change anything about the framework - whilst I could easily go with the latest trends, and plug in an Instagram Account.

By 2021, we are too visual in our thinking, and html is a form that urges text, explanation instead.

Nevertheless, all in all, with a quality framework at the offset, much like an open-building, the development costs of this site have been definately low, set against almost a decade of updating. And it was indeed possible, to follow towards a new visual era, without investing too early - but always first ensuring: what makes sense?

Obviously, that was a decade ago, and today, in 2021, the html is no longer fit for purpose - I need a whole new environment, for the new purpose of showing and telling you how everything that I conceptualised and envsioned here, translates to hands-on options for a client, for you.

Also, the pendulum is now on the other side: it is actually my time that is the most expensive, and also as a visual thinker I would enjoy a whole new set of angles and gear to create with my hands, and lead a small, light core-team of IT experts and artists in some sort of live/blended atelier in my city/Europe. We must be compatible, and no IT developer works with html anymore, whilst many an artist uses Mac.

It would be essential, for sure, is to wire these guiding principles through the the light, lean, open-building framework that I envison for blended learning platforms for professionals.

Stay tuned...

Weekendhouse near Tokyo, and the modular drawings. Staib et al. 2008, 132.

Html coding.


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Habraken, N.J. The Structure of the Ordinary; Form and Control in the Built Environment. 1998. site.

Harvard Business Review (HBR) 2021, When do we really need face to face interactions? Harvard Business Review

Smidt, Sandra 2013. Introducing Malaguzzi; Exploring the life and work of Reggio Emilia's founding father. Routledge, Oxon (UK)

Staib, Dorrhofer, Rosenthal. Components and Systems; Modular Construction. Design. Structure. New Technologies. Munchen, Edition DETAIL, Institut fur international Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co. Edition Detail.

Turner, John F.C. 1976. Housing by People; Towards Autonomy in Building Enironments. Review.

Dyli, Julinda, Rohan Bennet and Javier Morales. Apps for Land Administration.GIM International.