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Architecture for the people by the people

by @AlastairParvin at TED


Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: "What if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?" The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere. 


https://hbr.org/2014/07/how-the-internet-of-things-changes-business-models/?utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet 





Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population.


"As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people -- particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty -- can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.



"When we use the word "architect" or "designer," what we usually mean is a professional, someone who gets paid, and we tend to assume that it's those professionals who are going to be the ones to help us solve the really big, systemic design challenges that we face like climate change, urbanization and social inequality. That's our kind of working presumption. And I think it's wrong, actually..." Alastair Parvin




  
Why you should listen

He is one of a team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, "printed" via CNC cutting machine and easily assembled. Parvin calls WikiHouse a very early experiment, the seed of what he sees as design’s great project in the 21st century: the democratization of production.



What others say

“Sounds promising? It is. This is a revolutionary way of producing architecture.” — Neil Chambers, Metropolis POV Blog











TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
 
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In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

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