Posted by: commonsresource | May 13, 2010

Open House – Cameron Sinclair on open-source architecture

The Twittterverse brought the following TED Talk to my attention yesterday: Cameron Sinclair on open-source architecture. Cameron, the 2006 TED Prize winner, is the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity which is described in this extract from that site’s About page:

Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. … Architecture for Humanity is a catalyst for innovation. We learn by doing. We know the value of sharing success stories and lessons learned—our own as well as those of others. To foster knowledge sharing and promote best practices, we developed the Open Architecture Network ( This groundbreaking on-line network empowers architects, designers, builders and their clients to share architectural plans and drawings—including CAD files. All plans are shared through an open-source model and can be freely downloaded by all.

For any of you not familiar with TED, I have set out an short extract from its About TED page:

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

While I won’t even try to summarize either Cameron Sinclair’s 20 minute talk  from February 2006 or the extensive comments on the TED site, I am amazed at yet another powerful example of commons sourcing and open source making the world a better place. Thanks Cameron for opening your heart and my eyes to the “concrete” gifts and ongoing promise of open architecture!


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