Open Source Architecture

What if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? Alastair Parvin will discuss some of the coming shifts in architectural production and the economics of architecture.

Alastair Parvin is a designer with 00 (‘zero zero’), London.  Although he trained and practices in architecture, his work extends outside its traditional framework, looking at the economic, social and technological systems behind it. He is a co-founder of WikiHouse, an open source construction system which is using digital manufacturing to make it possible for almost anyone to download, adapt and ‘print’ structures which they can quickly assemble for themselves.  He is lead author of ‘A Right to Build’, an ongoing research project tackling the UK housing crisis, and the practical potential of open planning and citizen-led development to address it.

Aside from his design projects, we has written for numerous architectural, design & policy journals, lectured widely and participated in government advisory forums on issues around cities, the economics of urban development, architecture, housing policy and strategic design.    @AlastairParvin