Share global, manufacture local.
“It is easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits” John Maynard Keynes.
‘Be lazy like a fox.’
Don’t keep reinventing the wheel. Take something that works, copy, adapt, give credit and share. (Thanks Linus Torvalds & Eric S Raymond)
Design for cheap, abundant, standardised, sustainable and, if possible, ‘circular’ materials.
You can’t solve everyone’s problems in one go. Design something useful for a context you know and understand, then share so others can adapt to their economy, climate and context. Release small, iterate and ‘fork’.
Higher performance, lower thresholds
Design to lower thresholds of time, cost, skill, energy & resources in manufacture, assembly and use.
Share and make shareable. Where possible, work to existing open standards.
Maximise the safety, security, health & wellbeing (physical & mental) of users at all stages of a product’s life.
Look for ways in which age, gender or disability might be barriers, and try to design them out. Design products, processes and documents that are accessible and intuitive.
Design hardware and software that is interoperable, product-agnostic and flexible, so elements can be independently altered, substituted, mended or improved.
Design for the next Normal
Design beautiful, high-quality products that lower cultural barriers and make radically sustainable, sociable design ‘normal’, rather than ‘alternative’ or ‘fashionable’.
Knowledge should always be free
But professionals’ time should be paid for.
Afford as much capability and choice to citizens as practically possible. Democracy is a good design principle.
All companies can participate in the WikiHouse commons, but no one company ever gets a monopoly or lock-in.
Kits sold in the catalogue are shown with indicative prices. All designs are shared with an itemised spreadsheet of costs which you can use as a guide.
– Maximum two storeys high.
– The single largest room can only be 4.6m wide (but as long as you like).
– Doors & windows can be positioned anywhere around the chassis, but can only be 900mm wide on side walls.
– Straight edges rather than curves.
The first thing you can do is join the WikiHouse Commons folder, begin a folder for your project and develop it. The Wikihouse Commons are open, but the Catalogue is curated. We’d love to hear from teams who feel they have developed and tested their product or service to a point where it is ready for the marketplace, and can be listed in the WikiHouse Catalogue.