Boundaries issue n. 7
Free Architecture is focused on open-source architectures, it’s about the free circulation of ideas, it’s about cooperation projects available over the internet under Creative Commons licenses.
Open-source architecture undermines the current political and economic model, becoming a “freedom struggle” against copyrights.
Could you imagine a future where designers share the “copyright” of their work, projects and drawings, for the benefit of a collective, inclusive and “participative” form of design? No longer referring to the form of participation widespread during the Sixties and Seventies, and still present today, that saw the designers on one side and the clients on the other, but instead the formation of “equal” participation in which knowledge is shared in a two-way process. What kind of future could that be?
«While, as a civil society, we make daily use of extensively common and openly-sourced facilities, such as roads and other public spaces. As individuals we draw clear limits to protect our privacy, our autonomy and what we perceive to be – or which society identifies – as individual freedom. Open-source architecture undermines the current political and economic model by taking a cue from what happened in the computer world over the last twenty years, soon becoming a “freedom struggle” against copyright which uses the web for sharing and implementing ideas and projects, and crowd-funding platforms to raise required funds».
With contributions from: Nathaniel Corum, TYIN tegnestue Architects, Agora Architects, Renzo Piano and RPBW, Aware Collective, Alessandro Ranellucci, Hassan Fathy.
«In this issue we have chosen to showcase multiple and diverse views of the topic, seen as a ground for discussion, not free from contradictions and duality, leaving many questions open rather than providing answers, and trying to stimulate debate and considerations, rather than offering solutions.
The projects are presented by license, in order of decreasing degrees of freedom. I believe that in the field of architecture – in contrast to computers – we are still far away from a shared definition of what open-source architecture could mean, and from a correct understanding of all the potentials, both social and cultural, of this practice; and, moreover, of all the possible consequences of its adoption on a large scale.
The selection of the work therefore intends to reflect one of the features that distinguishes «Boundaries» from its origins: to recognize and enhance diversity as a form of enrichment necessary for the full manifestation of human creativity, while respecting the fundamental freedoms and rights of human beings».