Sunday, January 27, 2008

Open-source housing: architects collaborate to combat calamities

It's the high-tech version of an Amish barn-raising: Open-source disaster housing.

The Open Architecture Network is an open-source, social-networking community charged with helping to shelter people grappling with poverty and natural disasters. It uses Web 2.0 technologies to enable architects anywhere to upload and share their designs online under a Creative Commons license.

Co-founded by UK architect Cameron Sinclair (who maintains a blog with the excellent title "Design Like You Give a Damn"), the organization hopes to soon incorporate digital maps and CAD drawings that can be collaborated on in real time. Click here for a photo gallery of currently-shared designs.

via c net

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