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Open Architecture Network & Architecture for Humanity

Le Corbusier had it all wrong. One billion people live in abject poverty. Four billion live in fragile but growing economies. One in seven people live in slum settlements. By 2020 it will be one in three. We don't need to choose between architecture or revolution. What we need is an architectural revolution. The U.N. Millennium Development Goals aim to "achieve improvement in the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2015." Reaching this goal will require a profoundly new approach to improving the built environment. The Open Architecture Network aims to be just such a catalyst for change.

What is the Open Architecture Network? The Open Architecture Network is an online, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. Here designers of all persuasions can:

• Share their ideas, designs and plans
• View and review designs posted by others
• Collaborate with each other, people in other professions and community leaders to address specific design challenges
• Manage design projects from concept to implementation
• Communicate easily amongst team members
• Protect their intellectual property rights using the Creative Commons "some rights reserved" licensing system and be shielded from unwarranted liability
• Build a more sustainable future

Who is behind this? The Open Architecture Network is the brainchild of Architecture for Humanity and the designers who volunteer with us and through our local chapters. It grew out of our collective frustration in sharing ideas and trying to work together to address shelter needs after disaster, in informal settlements and in our own communities. Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need. To learn more about our work, please visit our website.

Who else is behind this? The Open Architecture Network is the result of a yearlong partnership that began in spring 2006 when Architecture for Humanity won the prestigious TED Prize. Each year the TED community honors three individuals who have positively impacted life on this planet. Recipients are granted one wish to change the world. Members of the TED community voluntarily contribute to granting the wish, by offering their resources and talent. Our wish: To build on our success creating opportunities for architects to help communities in crises. We envisioned a truly collaborative online community and gathering place for those dedicated to improving the built environment. Sun Microsystems, Hot Studio, Creative Commons, AMD and other partners joined Architecture for Humanity in realizing this ambitious undertaking, and at this year's TED conference, together we launched a beta version of the Open Architecture Network: the first site to offer open source architectural plans and blueprints on the web.

Who will the Open Architecture Network serve? Architects, designers, engineers and anyone else involved in the building trades is welcome to share their ideas on the network - but the network is not just for professionals. Community leaders, nonprofit groups, volunteer organizations, government agencies, technology partners, healthcare workers, educators and others are also invited to collaborate on projects and share their expertise. After all if we're to meaningfully address the challenges of building a sustainable future, we'll need (a lot of) help from people of all walks of life.

What is our goal? Far from replacing the traditional architect, the goal of the network is to allow designers to work together in a whole new way, a way that enables 5 billion potential clients to access their skills and expertise. The network has a simple mission: to generate not one idea but the hundreds of thousands of design ideas needed to improve living conditions for all.

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Marmol Radziner Prefab

Marmol Radziner Prefab combines the efficiency of factory-built homes with the benefits of custom residential design. Our green homes are not a kit of parts – we build the prefab modules in our own factory and ship them complete with your choice of pre-installed interior and exterior finishes, flooring, appliances, and more. We can oversee the entire process, from design to delivery and installation, so no additional contractor is required. We create our prefab homes with the environment in mind and have designed them to achieve LEED certification. For long-term sustainability, the module structures are made from recycled steel. The homes employ other green materials, including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), FSC-certified wood, low VOC Green Seal paint, solar panels, and more. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light, while expansive decks provide shade for passive cooling and promote the best of indoor/outdoor living.Marmol Radziner Prefab specializes in custom floor plans and details to match your site and needs. Five standard models are also available. via Marmol site

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Weathertight Panel-Frame Structures: Our component kits make durable cottage-camps, garages, home offices and studios. Our unique framing technique joins low-maintenance, natural materials to create beautiful structures that last. Prefabricated interlocking, exterior-finish panels assemble quickly with minimal on-site waste. A Bungalow-In-A-Box goes up on your foundation with a finished exterior appearance in in one or two days.


Mountain Retreat 12′x24′ with porch (above): $20,600

Pond-Side Studio 12′x16′ with entry (below): $13,700

container cottage project

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Jeffery Broadhurst’s Shack at Hinkle Farm

Built by himself, friends and neighbors, using off-the-shelf materials. Board-and-batten siding and a standing-seam, terne-coated steel roof sit atop a wood platform. A ladder unhitches and swings down, providing access to the entry door. Oil lamps provide light and a woodstove heats the space. Hand-powered, gravity-fed plumbing system, and water is heated using the woodstove. Rainwater from the roof supplies the outdoor shower. The front wall is an overhead-acting aluminum and glass garage door, opening to a cantilevered deck. This little shack is built by Architect Jeffery Broadhurst for his family in a 27-acre mountaintop property in West Virginia.


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Prefabricated architecture -Fabricating the Modern Dwelling

The Home Delivery Installation Journal offers a "behind the scenes" look into the entire process of creating and erecting prefabricated architecture. As part of the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, which will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art from July 20 to October 20, 2008, the Museum's Department of Architecture and Design selected five architects to display full-scale prefabricated houses in the outdoor space to the west of the Museum's main building. The five firms and individuals chosen to participate have agreed to contribute weekly progress updates to the Web site several months in advance of the exhibition, demonstrating how the processes of design, fabrication, shipping, and assembly unfold to create five finished homes in time for the exhibition's public opening. The five architects were each assigned a day of the week: KieranTimberlake Associates LLP of Philadelphia (Mondays); Douglas Gauthier and Jeremy Edmiston of New York (Tuesdays); Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf of Dornbirn, Austria (Wednesdays); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Associate Professor Lawrence Sass (Thursdays); and Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee Architects in London (Fridays). In addition, members of the MoMA curatorial team submit commentary each Saturday. Upon completion of the projects, this Web site will expand to encompass the entire exhibition, which includes pivotal works from nearly two centuries of prefabricated homes.