We always transform space around us and at the same time adapt to the environment. This way, we have built towns and cities, a modern habitat for humanity. Unfortunately, urban environment is not always comfortable for citizens in everyday experience. Just to solve this problem, three French students from Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute came up with the project Fabrique | Hacktion.
The aim of this project is to form a new vision on urban space and, with the help of 3D printers and simple tools, make everyday experience more comfortable. Having noticed any shortcomings in urban environment, the designers invent simple objects to correct them. Being installed in an existing system of city functioning, these objects change people’s attitude towards familiar things. The authors call their works grafts and themselves – city hackers.
The interesting feature of the project is that every graft goes with a manual and a 3D model so everyone can join the project in improving the quality of urban space. A project’s website contains a map where the authors mark places in which they had their hands. At the present moment, there are only Paris and Berlin on the map, but this list will be undoubtedly expanding.
Receptacle for coins for public coffee machines. Brilliant idea!
Improved train ticket machine. A simple trapezoid makes travellers check from a long distance if the machine works.
Simple hanger on a wall.
Vélib en correspondance
Gluing sticker that indicates the way to the closest bike rental station.
Hand charger for mobile phones in a phone box.
Little table for garden chairs.
Journal de bord
Holder for newspapers in a subway train. Read and share with other passengers!
Ticket — ticket — ticket
Sharing ticket box for used but still valid tickets in Berlin subway.