Open source building - reinventing places of living

Kent Larson, Stephen Intille, T. J. McLeish, Jennifer Beaudin, R. E. Williams


In this paper, we argue that new technologies and strategies for design can enable a more responsive model for creating places of living. We describe work by the House_n Research group at MIT to develop a conceptual framework for Open Source Building, and to prototype and test both alternative construction methodologies and new design tools that support it. We believe that this approach could transform how homes are created over the next 10-15 years, and create new pathways into this $322 billion per year market for companies producing materials, products, and services for the home.

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