What is the bureau for pragmatic solutions?
The bureau for pragmatic solutions holdsthe skills of making art, designing and engineering in one person. Experienced in fine art projects which are often done on specific locations. Designing ranges from industrial design to interaction design. And for the engineering part, in principle engineering is thinking in creating solutions; these skills are practiced actively in the fields of mechanical engineering. With these skills it makes life much easier when one wants to build or make something physical. And.. . even better; these skills combine great into creating solutions for problems. The positive thing about problems is that they can be (re)solved, otherwise they even wouldn’t be problems but mere impossibilities.
Problems can have many identities. They can be easily fixed, but can sometimes be harder to solve. It always help to have a good analysis of what exactly is the problem. The bureau offers its skills to find pragmatic solutions for problems and help to think/brainstorm along if someone is stuck with a problem. These problems can range from many things, like artistic problems, to very technical problems. Or even the combination of different fields. It is imaginable that for an art project some technical assistance, or help with building is needed.
The bureau is quite well equipped with a lot of hand tools and machines for wood, metal, plastic or whatever comes along (and otherwise we’ll find a way). Also a 3D printer is part of the inventory. The bureau’s workshop is located in the eastern harbour area of Amsterdam (Oostenlijk Havengebied), in a former warehouse together with other small companies in the field of interieur design, furniture making, etc. So most things are possible in a close by proximity. Furthermore there is access to a greater network in the field of new media and interaction design.
adjective prag·mat·ic \prag-ˈma-tik\
: dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories
– pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870. Pragmatism is a rejection of the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Instead, pragmatists consider thought to be a product of the interaction between organism and environment. Thus, the function of thought is as an instrument or tool for prediction, action, and problem solving. Pragmatists contend that most philosophical topics—such as the nature of knowledge, language, concepts, meaning, belief, and science—are all best viewed in terms of their practical uses and successes.
noun so·lu·tion \sə-ˈlü-shən\
: something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem : something that solves a problem
: the act of solving something
: a correct answer to a problem, puzzle, etc.
A good read on Pragmatism: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pragmatism/#PraPra
A good read on The Problem of the Many: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/problem-of-many/