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Architecture for the people by the people

At a recent TED Talk architect, Alastair Parvin, talked about the changing landscape of architecture. You might think: I am home buyer what does the evolution of architecture have to do with me? The answer is quite surprising.

 In his talk he had said that architects usually do work for the richest 1%, but that if architects wanted to survive that they would need to adapt the way they work so that they provide to a 100% of the people.

This is all very interesting, but the most interesting part of his talk came from his reference to Wikihouse. This revolutionary technology will see the way we build homes and cities change, not only for architects but for everyone.

 WikiHouse is an open source construction system. It's aim is to make it possible for anyone to design, share, download, adapt and 'print' houses which are low-cost, high-performance and suited to their local needs. Using a CNC machine, the house parts can be digitally 'printed' from a standard sheet material like plywood, and the main structure assembled in about a day without the need for conventional construction skills.

It combines the potential of distributed digital manufacturing tools like 3D printing and CNC with open, collaborative design to radically lower the thresholds of time, cost, and skill and to put the capability to make generous, healthy, secure housing into the hands of users.

WikiHouse is a small experiment continuously under development, with a growing community of teams involved, ranging from a team in Christchurch, New Zealand working on solutions to post-earthquake housing, and a group setting up a community making factory in one of Rio's favelas. The project is seeking collaborators, funders but also, simply people who want to use and make a WikiHouse for themselves.

If you're interested in finding out more, being involved or funding the project, please go to www.wikihouse.cc

Watch Alastair Parvin’s TED Talk here






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