The Community Approach: Open Call

The Community Approach: Cities as circular, resilient and symbiotic micro factories

Maker are thrilled to announce our open call for creative talents within the fields of design, architecture, urban planning, and open source product development.

We invite innovative thinkers and doers who are passionate about using design, architecture and innovation to create more sustainable, regenerative and resilient urban communities.

Over the course of 3 weeks from 22nd of May to 9th of June we invite you to work on a project during your residency.

The project can both be newly founded or can be something you’ve worked on in the past, that you want to realize. However, it needs to be physical and it needs to be ambitious and reaching for the vision of Cities as circular, resilient and symbiotic micro factories.

Through this residency, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and connect with national and international creative talents, learn from experts in the field and explore new ways of approaching urban development.

Come join us and help build a better future!

Apply here and join our Distributed Design residency programme – The Community Approach: Cities as circular, resilient and symbiotic micro factories

What’s in it for you?

  • 3 weeks residency programme
  • 1 month free 24/7 flex membership in Maker and V-10
  • Exhibitor spot at CAFx @ V-10 in June 2023
  • Access to a 870m2 professional and fully equipped workshop and prototype facility
  • Access to tools, repositories and resources developed by the DDP consortium
  • Networking and community building opportunities
  • Masterclasses
  • Mentorship from Danish and European experts
  • Designing for an open design culture
  • Material budget
  • Chance to apply for the DDP mobility scheme and win 500€ for your project
  • Maker provides introduction and safety courses – specialized courses (e.g. CNC course) must be arranged in the application process
  • Maker provides a facilitator for the whole residency as well as a technical assistant 
  • Creative talent profile on DDP website and online exhibition

Your commitment and our expectations

  • Take part in facilitated activities during the 1-month residency programme
  • Work on the project for the full period of time (1 month) – time is managed by you
  • Develop, document and share resources needed for distributing your design elsewhere (repository, parts list, assembly manual, CAD files and similar) – must be uploaded to WikiFactory and/or GitHub – CC licence (open source)
  • Building a 1:1 prototype/model of your open design
  • Min. communication activity (blog post, social media post or video)
  • Commitment to support Maker in the formal activities (evaluation questionnaire, project descriptions, pictures etc. for documentation) 
  • Develop and setup you project as part of the CAFx exhibition in V-10
  • Join communication activities (video production, photo shoots)

About the Distributed Design Platform

The Distributed Design Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, serves to re-think local manufacturing, with the advancements of digital tech and the internet in mind. 

The platform was borne out of the climate crisis, which has raised questions about the nature and culture of the products we buy. By undertaking research and development into alternatives to mass-production, focusing on the movement of data and the use of local supply chains, an alternative movement of production is now burgeoning. These new models, such as the maker movement, provide consumers more control over their products by allowing them a voice in the overall production process. Distributed Design Platform acts as an exchange and networking hub for the European maker movement, aiming to develop and promote the connection between designers, makers and the market.


Distributed Design changes the entire nature of the way that goods are manufactured and transported:

Centralised design and manufacture

Distributed Design

Manufactured in several countries on the opposite side of the world from the consumer

Manufactured within several miles of the consumer

Manufactured by people who are often poorly treated

Manufactured by local makers

Delivered to the consumer through extensive logistics chain e.g. Amazon

Delivered to the consumer by cargo bike, local post or personal collection

Intellectual property is owned by a central company

Open-source design

Profit goes to shareholders of large companies

Profit distributed across smaller organisations and individuals

Top down instruction from the top of the system

Collaboration between nodes in the system

Co-funded by the European Union

Maker V-10 - urban lab for sustainable product development in Copenhagen
Distributed Design residencies at V-10