I’mma slip into geek mode for a bit. I know you can handle it. 🙂
I am so in love with open source solutions, but I’m used to free, group-edited projects being relegated to the tech world: Google plugins for my Gmail and Chrome, Wikipedia…the number of ways humans have found to work together to improve our world is astounding and effing impressive. Could you imagine what Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, would think of the accumulation of information that is Wikipedia?!
It seems that the trend is breaking into the real world. Enter The Ekinoid Project: a UK-based open-source plan for round housing.
The Ekinoid Project: Goals
- Designing the Ekinoid home in such a (bolt-together, colour-coded) way that it can be built onsite by cooperating individuals (unskilled in traditional building construction): You build your own home; you can help others build theirs.
- That an Ekinoid home can be completely constructed within one week.
- An Ekinoid home can be easily joined to another Ekinoid home (via the stairwell); the stairwell will act as an common access to up to four Ekinoid homes.
- The Ekinoid home will be suitable for all land-based environments across the globe.
All parts of an Ekinoid home will be designed to suit the local climate and terrain, and will be delivered on-site for fabrication. We think one crane (possibly two) and a team of approximately four people (one skilled, three unskilled) would be adequate for the one-week construction of each house; and after, these newly-skilled people (the new owners) might then help to build more Ekinoid homes, and train new owners. This training would, in principle, work exponentially and would therefore service the whole new community in a very short time.
All the land under the houses would remain useful and accessible.
This is a group of people working together to create a form of housing which can be built without the use of experts or special tools, homes which provide their own power and exist off the grid. The Ekinoid Project aims to create fast future housing that a couple of people can put together in a couple of days. I find myself imagining a near-future where my family finds an open field and builds a new community, not unlike the colonists at the end of Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love, who spend a sci-fi amount of time creating a colony on a new planet. I love this idea, and can’t wait to see where it goes. I’d live in an Ekinoid!