Mise en place

one meal is made of three dishes: starter, main, desert. left the ingredients, on top the name of the dishes, on the right the process and a time; counting down: serving time is zero. organization galore

one meal is made of three dishes: starter, main, desert. left the ingredients, on top the name of the dishes, on the right the process and a timeline; counting down: serving time is zero. organization galore

“There are many recipe books, but very few based on meals. People often pick up a cookbook at home, but have no idea how to combine the recipe into a sensible meal. This book aims to help by providing meals that have been thought out in their entirety. They have been organized into thirty-one balanced menus each one containing three courses. You can also make your own menus by combining the recipes using the list.” —The Family Meal, Ferran Adrià

mise en place—prepare in advance, prepare in bulk, have components ready when needed

mise en place—prepare in advance, prepare in bulk, have components ready when needed

In el Bulli’s system the smallest unit is a dish—self-standing, tasty, ready to be combined with other dishes. This allows to create your own meals, and you cannot really go wrong. In addition the book offers 31 well designed meals, ready to be cooked. How can this system translate to publishing? For example what would be the smallest working unit? What kind of content would work well?

the tools

the tools

create your own menu. pick and choose, mix and mash. in a modular cuisine all things somehow come together as long as you keep the equation: starter + main + desert = meal

create your own menu. pick and choose, mix and match. in a modular cuisine all things somehow come together as long as you keep the equation: starter + main + desert = meal

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Open Structures // Grid, components, parts

the atom of the grid, infinitely expandable and versatile

the atom of the grid, infinitely expandable and versatile

“The Open Structures project explores the possibility of a modular construction model where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid. It initiates a kind of collaborative meccano to which everybody can contribute parts, components and structures.”

modular cuisine, a grid provides

modular cuisine, a grid provides

“Can we design hardware like we design software?” is the guiding questions driving the developments of OpenStructures.

All OpenStructures should be conceived as interdependent, dynamic puzzles.
This means that they should be designed for disassembly and according to the same dimensional framework (the OS grid).

There are a few principles guiding the project. Design for disassembly: Favor assembly techniques that allow deconstruction without damage or loss in order to facilitate the re-use of components. Design with recyclable materials: Favor, whenever possible, 100% synthetical or biological recyclable materials for your parts and components in order to support infinite material cycles. (after disassembly). Design from the OS grid: Use the OS grid as a design tool when choosing dimensions, assembly points or interconnecting diameters
in order to make your parts compatible with those of others.

Let’s look at Open Structures from a dynamic publishing perspective. There is rule-based design supported by a very flexible grid. With the pre-condition that the modules are self-standing, distinguishable yet interdependent. And they can be connected in various fashions to create new structures, systems, or stories.

What would be the parts and components in writing? Quotes, ideas, arguments, problems, facts, visualizations, lists, etc.? What would happen if writing started from a grid? Along with a set of rules to guide the writing process, and the goal to create components and parts that can be assembled in multiple ways creating new meanings and new stories? A first attempt to answer the three rules above in terms of publishing (this will need to be revised!): 1 write in short and concise form, that is self-standing yet allows for connection. 2 write sustainable—creating material that allows for further use and application 3 Use a grid or a platform to start your writing. That would be writing keeping its modular capacity in mind.

A bit like dance, too. How dances are created, how they are taught and altered. They are copied, mashed up techniques and choreographies, routines, steps, and translated emotions etc. In other words: a vibrant mixture of rules, parts, components and structures. The grid (perhaps the dance floor) to bring it all together and to bring it to live.

closed modular system vs. open modular system, clearly.

closed modular system vs. open modular system, clearly.

open structures

open structures