I am currently doing research (Open University dept. of Design and Innovation) on the notion of participation, design and sustainability. I’m looking for examples of application of Open source methods to industrial design and architecture. These methods are now also sometimes described as "open sharing communities" or "open collaborative communities" when not applied to software.
Currently I’m aware of the OScar (open source car) project and Thinkcycle (an MIT based open source platform for developing alternative technologies/products). Is anyone on the list aware of other such projects? Are there any open source projects organized around an architectural effort?
I suppose we could argue that the social self-build housing projects in England in the 70s and 80s are, in effect, open source architecture—without the digital component…
I welcome any thoughts readers of the list may have.