Journal Article
Open Source Architecture: an Exploration of Source Code and Access in Architectural Design

The term “open source” is increasingly applied to Architecture yet there is little consensus about what it means in this context. This paper explores how different literal and metaphoric interpretations of the “access to source code” principle, articulated by the founders of the Free and Open Source Software movements, are being applied to Architecture. We explore several challenges which have arisen in the translation of open source rhetoric from cyberspace to architectural space and discuss paths for new conceptual and programmatic agendas promoting user empowerment and democratization in architectural design.

Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVardouli T, Buechley L
JournalLeonardo Journal
Volume47
Issue1
Date Published08/2012
Abstract

The term “open source” is increasingly applied to Architecture yet there is little consensus about what it means in this context. This paper explores how different literal and metaphoric interpretations of the “access to source code” principle, articulated by the founders of the Free and Open Source Software movements, are being applied to Architecture. We explore several challenges which have arisen in the translation of open source rhetoric from cyberspace to architectural space and discuss paths for new conceptual and programmatic agendas promoting user empowerment and democratization in architectural design.