WikiHomes the shape of things to come – take 2

For many, a smart home is not one that has a thermostat that responds to their temperature needs, a door lock that knows they are coming up the drive, or even a fridge that knows when they have run out of milk.

Instead it is one that is comfortable, affordable and in the right location. “

The opening lines of a BBC News item entitled “Tomorrow’s Buildings: Radical solutions to housing crisis” –   which explores an alternative way to create homes for a growing population

Take a CNC cutting machine and a lot of this Plywood sheets a lot of dowels and pegs and glue and with the Wikihouse open source building system you could very soon have one of these

The concept is pretty straight forward – a group of interested parties use the facilities of the internet to design templates for timber housing modules share their knowledge and no how allowing all of the scheme participants to design, print and assemble beautiful, low-energy homes, customised to their needs. A property such as this can be erected within a couple of days using the system

The principle itself of Wikihouse is not really new it draws many parallels with the community barn raising events that occurred back in the 20s&30s

Just as with the earthships we featured in a previous article the requirement for alternative styles of living as communities is definitely on the increase, if you have a spare fifteen minutes the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) video by Alastair Parvin is well worth a listen – it may just change your views on affordable housing forever.

Here at Global Door we like to keep up to date with any technological developments in the housing and or commercial markets anywhere in fact that any of our excellent doors can be utilised – the Wikihouse concept creates a shell which needs fitting out to the individuals taste and specification so hopefully there will still be a place for our doors.

In fact, we are looking forward to the day when we receive our first order for a Wikihouse door as the concept has already arrived in the UK in Edinburgh it surely will not be long before we receive an order for

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We here at Global Door reckon they would all look good on a Wikihouse