28 Days of Inspiration – Day 12: Made by you

Made by you

A new industrial revolution

Carolyn Wensley reflects on the blurring boundaries between designer, manufacturer and consumers …

This blurring removes barriers of access to manufacturing. It may revolutionise many industries, including the way homes are built. This offers an opportunity to transform community well-being and provide affordable housing.

WikiHouse (http://www.wikihouse.cc/) an open source construction set. It allows anyone to design, download and make houses. These can be assembled without any bolts or screws and minimal training. This technology has been adopted and developed by designers and users around the world – adapting to different locations reflecting the environmental, cultural and historical contexts in which it exists. It has been used for post-earthquake development in Christchurch, New Zealand and, Facit Homes (www.facit-homes.com), has been one of the first companies to digitally fabricate and manufacture an entire house on-site in the UK.

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