Imagine a homebuilding system that can be used by anyone, without the need for specialist knowledge; where a kit of parts can be ordered and built on site. In the WikiHouse, architect Alastair Parvin may just have the answer – and it’s one that has the potential to not only democratise architecture but also help fight the housing crisis. Parvin’s idea is an open source home, built for everyone
Advances in technology have made sophisticated computer design and visualisation tools — once the preserve of the manufacturing industries — available to all at little cost. But what does this mean for the built environment we live in, or how we fit out our homes? Like the gale howling outside the lighthouse, the breakneck speed of technological progress has become such a feature of our lives that we barely notice it any more: the tape collection of recorded music that now fits on a flash drive smaller than your thumb, or the drawings, once painstakingly produced and rolled into tubes to be picked up by couriers, now outputted via PDF and sent over email.