I am also looking at the process of open source design and have in fact
been working with the OScar project for the past 18 months. My PhD
involves observing and analysing the design process that the
stakeholders / partners are going through in order to reach a more
holistic and sustainable solution. I would be more than happy to discuss
this further with you and share some of the insights I have gained.
Through my research I have come across a number of examples of this type
of design; many of which have been carried out under a number of
different terminologies - Whole System Design, Integrated Solutions and
The Design Sustainable Solutions for example. Some that specifically
relate to architecture are:
The Living Village
Porto: A Sustainable City - this was an MSc group project at Cranfield -
I am unable to locate an electronic copy of the report at the moment but
have a bound copy of the report which is very detailed.
I hope this helps and as I said I am more than happy to discuss this
further possibly off the list or maybe even meet up as I am only in
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Subject: open source industrial design or architecture?
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
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.