WikiHouse Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered in the United Kingdom.

Its mission is to:

  1. Hold knowledge in commons  WikiHouse open knowledge (intellectual property, web-domains and trademarks) are held in perpetuity for the common good. Accessible to anyone.
  2. Support the community of individuals and companies using and contributing-to the WikiHouse platform, and host an open, fair marketplace for sale of services over and above the commons. To license and support the design output of the WikiHouse community around the world, making it easier to access, adapt, improve and share.
  3. Promote  the development and dissemination of open source, high-performance,  low-cost, low-energy, locally-manufacturable design solutions for sustainable development and to engage with governments, non-profits and private companies to address housing crises and empower citizens & communities in the production of homes, neighbourhoods and cities.

The Foundation aims to provide a lean framework for an open community; setting simple rules, protocols & standards that allow anyone to ‘do’.

 

A brief history of the project
The WikiHouse project began as an experiment in the future of housing, open production and the ‘third industrial revolution’; a collaboration lead by Architecture 00 (‘zero zero’) with the Espians and Momentum Engineering, and catalysed by the curator Beatrice Galilee. In the autumn of 2011, the first full prototype was built at Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea, and rapidly it… got out of hand. The idea spread globally, and others teams – the first being Spacecraft New Zealand –  joined the project. Since then, more and more people have joined and supported WikiHouse, with a growing global community of collaborators building prototypes, supporting development and advancing the WikiHouse system.

WikiHouse Foundation was founded in 2014 in order to establish a neutral, non-profit platform for the ownership & governance of the project. If you’re interested in partnering with WikiHouse Foundation to pursue the common goal of democratising access to design knowledge & tools, you can contact us here.


The team

Alastair Parvin

Alastair is a designer with 00 (‘zero zero’), London. He is co-founder of WikiHouse, and leads ‘A Right to Build’, an ongoing project addressing the economics of housing crisis, and the future of democratic city planning and citizen-led development of housing, neighbourhoods and cities.

He writes, talks and advises on issues around housing policy, cities, democracy, strategic design, sustainable technology and the social & economic implications of the ‘third industrial revolution’.

Justyna Swat

Justyna is an Architect and Engineer. Her work currently focusses on the impact of the collaborative economy on architecture and urban design. Based in Paris, Justyna works for OuiShare, teaches at Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute and supports the WikiHouseFR chapter.

Sarah Gold

Sarah is a London based designer with particular interest in digital infrastructures, networks and policies. In 2014 the Design Council presented Sarah with a Future Pioneers award for her project the Alternet, a proposal for a civic network.

Alongside her design projects Sarah gives talks on issues around data ownership, digital futures and the Internet of Things.


Alex Whitcroft

Alex is a designer, currently based in London.  His work focuses on environmentally and socio-economically sustainable design – including community empowerment and ownership, and product and material lifecycles.

He is also a certified Passive House designer, trained facilitator, member of the Living Building Challenge UK Collaborative committee, RSA Fellow, occasional critic at Oxford Brookes University, and advises and speaks on sustainable construction, community, open/cooperative organisations, and the collaborative economy.  He is also a co-founder of the WikiHouseUK chapter.