The Bigger Picture.

BikeTank is an experiment in collective creativity. We are exploring how design can make cities more human.

We envision that four major projects will emerge through our interactions that will contribute to our bigger picture vision.

"What do we mean by 'making cities more human'?"

Our view is a granular one.

Design is performative.
It is the act of creating, then sharing, that matters. It's even better if you co-create.

Design is projective.
Design seeds ideas. As Alan Kay famously remarked: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

If cities are domains for performance, i.e. a place where we constitute subjects and shape objects, then design is the best tool to drag the present towards the future.

[ ] Envisions
[ ] Represents
[ ] Communicates
[ ] Inspires

When we bring design through any of these processes, we start to enact the future that we are describing.

By 'represent' we mean the active realisation of an idea into a concrete representation:
[ ] an intervention
[ ] an enterprise
[ ] a garden
[ ] an event
[ ] a live sculpture or installation
[ ] AKA things that reside in the living city and provoke us to think and act.

By making representations of design as concrete and embedded in the city as possible, we are constructing a more human city.

You become the active actors in the performance.

"At BikeTank the intensive collaborations - compressed by the pressure of the clock - erupt with unabashed, unapologetic ideas."

































BikeTank is an initiative by u.lab,
Joanne Jakovich and Jochen Schweitzer.

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You are welcome to our next BikeTank:
Let's Do Some Bike Good!

Thursday 4th April 2013
7.30am Coffee Available
8am sharp Start
9.30am Finish, welcome to stay longer.

Location: u.lab

Tickets include free barista coffee and pastries, but we'd like you to register (so we can order enough goodies).
We look forward to collaborating with you~!


BikeTank is an intensive workshop where we play with new design thinking methods for cities. Each session is an intensive exploration into a defined topic hosted by emerging design entrepreneurs and leading thinkers, contributing to a bigger picture project. You can have some coffee and pastries and even get your bike tyres pumped and swap bike stories.


BikeTank is a u.lab intiative