Open Architecture Network

Fantastic site launched earlier this year in beta called the Open Architecture Network.

It’s a collaboration platform for architects, designers, innovators and community leaders to share knowledge and work on humanitarian architecture.

One of its’ founders, Cameron Sinclair, won the 2006 TED Prize, and the beta of this site was launched in 2007. The prize was used to get this site off the ground.

“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”

The site has a resoucres section with forums and ask a guru.

There are competitions as well such as:

“The 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge invited the global community to help address this digital divide. It challenged design professionals and others to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most.”

People can plan projects and share knowledge with each other. There are currently over 14,000 people in the community, and 1282 projects listed. I think it’s a fantastic initiative!

More on this project here


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