Thursday, April 17, 2008

Open-source Architect

Open-source architecture to house the world (Cameron Sinclair)

Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. The motto of his group, Architecture for Humanity, is "Design like you give a damn." Using a litany of striking examples, he shows how AFH has helped find creative solutions to humanitarian crises all over the globe. Sinclair then outlines his TED Prize wish: to create a global open-source network that will let architects and communities share and build designs to house the world. Source:

Not only software, but architecture can also become an open source, especially when it comes to humanitarian. I found this talk more humbling than the other stararchitects on TED. It really gives architects a purpose, not just cultivate an ego to design that doesn't engaged with people who really use them.

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