Oswall (Open Source Wall): Rethinking residential wall construction through collaboration, crowd sourcing, and iteration

Marc Swackhamer, Blair Satterfield

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Collaboration is essential to the kind of innovative, revolutionary, game-changing innovations necessary to improve our world. When we work within the confines of our own disciplines, we forego the myriad ways other thinkers approach problems. As designers, we are trained to maintain control of our work, to be the "master builders" and overseers of everything from overall concept to minute detail. So, we struggle with collaboration and, as a consequence, miss out on the potential leaps forward that can result from having a diversity of voices at the design table. Oswall is a collaborative construction system that endeavors to leverage collaboration to make a game-changing leap forward. Oswall (Open Source Wall) is an experimental wall prototype that challenges conventional residential wall construction through an open, collaborative approach to material, fabrication, and installation methods. It proposes an "open source" construction platform in which third-party designers, engineers, scientists, or "do-it-yourselfers" can create, produce, market, and sell "applications" that are plugged into the wall. These apps allow the end-user of the wall to customize his or her house according to lifestyle, number of occupants, season, or climate, and to draw continually on current technological innovations. Specific wall applications under development include a solar collection application, a rainwater collection application, an active ventilation application, a wind-energy harvesting application, and a passive heating application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACADIA 09
Subtitle of host publicationreForm(): Building a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Pages294-297
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture: reForm(): Building a Better Tomorrow, ACADIA 09 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2009Oct 25 2009

Publication series

NameACADIA 09: reForm(): Building a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

Other

Other29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture: reForm(): Building a Better Tomorrow, ACADIA 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period10/22/0910/25/09

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