TED Talk by Alastair Parvin.
Easily one of the most inspiring talks I have watched in some time. Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people (TED Talk).
Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.
He challenges the conventional thinking: “The first is, I think we need to question this idea that architecture is about making buildings. Actually, a building is about the most expensive solution you can think of to almost any given problem. And fundamentally, design should be much, much more interested in solving problems and creating new conditions.”
Love the idea that “If design’s greatest achievement of the 20th century was the democratization of product, it’s greatest achievement of the 21st century can be the democratization of production.”
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