Open Source approaches in architecture

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Last week I wrote about how open source approaches are being used in the automotive industry, helping to accelerate innovation. Today I wanted to mention that a handful of people are trying something similar in architecture.

Generally speaking architecture is bespoke, expensive, and often elitist. Most of us live in fairly standard boxes. Really good houses, whether they are aesthetically or technologically excellent, tend to be for the wealthy. That’s not necessarily a problem on the aesthetics side. Not everyone wants to live in an ‘interesting’ house, or live opposite one for that matter. But in an age of climate change, it would be great if the most sustainable designs were widely available for more of us to build.

One group working on this is the Open Building Institute. They are developing a library of designs for housing elements which all fit together in a modular system –…

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