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WikiHouses: Frames Cut Out of Plywood With 3D Software






Good things come in small packages. Lacy Williams, an architecture student, and her boyfriend, Patrick Beseda, built a WikiHouse to live in during a field project in Utah

From: Jon Kalish
Subject: DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required: NPR
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014
To: lloyd kahn
Click here.

Go read the comments. There's a ton of 'em, mostly skeptical. My fave is "I approve of this article. The Big Bad Wolf." :)
jk

3 comment s:

windpowerjohn said...

Just visited the WikiHouse site. The focus is framing. Framing represents a small fraction of the cost and time of building a house. A house frame that goes up in few hours garners attention but does not address foundation, insulation, windows, doors, siding, roofing, electric, plumbing, HVAC, flooring, wall covering, etc.

Anonymous said...

I'm signed up to take a one day intensive course on the software that is being offered by Wiki-House Detroit, and sponsored by Sketch Up (software used for cutting the parts, and Shop Bot, CNC controled router device used to cut the parts. I'll let you know what I think once I've done the course.

WikiHouse Detroit is interested in building a structure called Shelter 2.0 to be used in Emergency Relief situations.

Peace

Gill

Island Woman MJ said...

Boy, you are right about the comments. Living in a part of the world where plywood/T1-11 homes are more the norm than not (and yes, we have hurricanes and yes, they can be blown away, but they can sure be rebuilt fast too! Money IS an object) maybe makes my view a bit different. I see this as experimental for sure and while everyone might not have access to the tools used, if interest is garnered about providing solutions in building small, affordable structures, then it's all good. I had to laugh at some of the comments and wanted to invite some of the more elitist sounding traditional builders to come to the Caribbean ('...it wouldn't last two weeks' type commenters).

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