Peter Troxler

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Non-fiction of the month: “Die Welt reparieren” (Repairing the World)

The book “Die Welt reparieren” (Repairing the World) is on the list of best non-fiction books the month in Germany, which „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ publishes together with the NDR. A high-ranking jury selects books from the Humanities. Find the book on the list: The book includes my article on the state of play of open…

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Beyond Consenting Nerds: Lateral Design Patterns For New Manufacturing

On 17 November 2015 I was so happy to give my long awaited public lecture to formally get installed as a Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. After a long day of workshops and interaction with a huge audience, I delivered my lecture entitled “Beyond Consenting Nerds—Lateral Design Patterns for New Manufacturing”. Here…

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Urban Economic Development as Making Unfolds Its Potential

Presentation given at a seminar by “La Fabrique de la Cité” on the creation of value for the city and in the city in Lille on 16 September 2014.

Everyone is a Designer

Fab Labs, 3D Printing, the 3rd Industrial Revolution – and Their Impact (Possibly)

I gave this presentation (or indeed a very similar one) to audiences in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). A notes pdf is also available for more detailed information and further reading.


The FabLab Reference List, 2.0

The “Starting a FabLab Reference List” post has been mildly popular the past few years, time to write an update. Most noble excuse is that the book “FabLab. Of Machines, Makers and Inventors” is finally available to order from the publisher. It is a good source of more recent insights into FabLabs. A few chapters…

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What’s Next for Open Hardware and Design?

The Open Book is not the proceedings from the Open Knowledge Festival 2012 but some kind of post festum reflection. It contains “contributions from a variety of thought leaders” ( on various Open X topics: Open Data, Education, Software, … and Hardware. It’s available as a pdf from the above link since late february. My…

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Open Source Design: Disruption, Desire, Destiny?

At the Swiss Design Network Conference in Lugano, I gave this keynote on the impact of the 3rd industrial revolution on design. In this keynote I try two things: to relate open design to the wider context of these similar developments which in the view of Jeremy Rifkin constitute the ingredients for a new industrial…

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Open Design Now

My most recent book is “Open Design Now”, edited by Bas van Abel, Lukas Evers, Roel Klaassen and myself. The book is available from BIS publishers Content will gradually be made available at; my contributions are: Libraries of the Peer Production Era The Beginning of a Beginning of the Beginning of a Trend…

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Libraries of the Peer Production Era

In an upcoming book “Open Design Now — Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive” (to be available as of June, pre-orders now possible, I develop my thinking about Fab Labs and similar places further to call them the Libraries of the Peer Production Era: Mapping the landscape of commons- based peer production, I analyse the arena…

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Open Design in Styria

Only two contributions of mine made it into the faboulous “Open Design” brochure of Creative Industries Styria, published in the run up to the Design Month in May this year — an article on FabLabs particularly with consideration for the alpine region (not forgetting to mention FabLab Lucerne that opened on Feb 24) and a…

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