Back in 2008 we wrote about Arne Hendriks’s plan to create a crowdsourced restaurant in Amsterdam. As of December, the resulting eatery—called by its founders “the world’s first open source restaurant”—has now opened.
At the Instructables Restaurant, which launched as a pop-up event at the historic Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag in Amsterdam, patrons receive not only creatively-cooked food but also instructions for preparing everything they see, eat and use—including the furniture. For example, someone seeking the recipe for the Tom Kha Gai soup they just enjoyed can either claim it at the restaurant or download it online; and anyone interested in making their own versions of the restaurant’s recycled 50-gallon barrel chairs can do likewise.
Everything in the restaurant derives from Instructables, a web-based documentation platform where people share their expertise with others, whether it’s cooking, pottery or woodworking. Even the instructions for creating the restaurant itself are now available on Instructables.com.
Instructables Restaurant is the first open source restaurant in the world. Everything you see, use and eat is downloaded from instructables.com. It is an experiment in “digesting free internet culture”. Instructables – Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others. Instructables supports the use of Creative Commons Licenses for uploaded instructables.
Everything in the restaurant is downloaded from Instructables, and what we could not find there, we added to its contents. Download it or take the instruction with you from the restaurant during your visit.
The Instructables Restaurant comes with full instructions for everything. In most restaurants you get to buy and enjoy the food. In some restaurants, if you like the furniture you can buy it. But in the Instructables Restaurant you go home knowing how to make the food as well as the furniture. We give you the instructions and recipes!
The Internet is full of passive information, and more is added every second. By really using and implementing this information not only do you plug into a world of know-how but it’s also great for the people who have shared their knowledge. That’s why crediting them is important!
The Instructables Restaurant originates from the input of others. This creates a different notion of ownership and the intellectual property of a regular business. A lot of the input comes from others. This is what we like about the idea.
The Instructables Restaurant creates a space between limitless information and reality. It’s a 2.0 dock station where digital and real connect and communicate.
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