Our immediate response was that this was quite a neat validation of our insistence that WikiHouse is deeply un-original. In fact, its ambition is to be as un-original as possible. Its also a useful reminder that, beyond post-20th century ‘Design’ culture, and the pre-occupation with design authorship, un-originality is in fact a huge virtue. Selective un-originality drove many of the slow-honed solutions which are to be found in many native vernaculars. Architects should only ever use the word ‘vernacular’ with caution, so often has it been misused and abused as a term, but nonetheless, there is a very intuitive, simple link to be made between how vernacular design patterns emerged, and how open source designs emerge. Open source, it might be argued, is just an acceleration of precisely the same process.
In retrospect, we can see that the ‘professionalisation’ of design, hailed as progress, created a design norm that champions the constant reinvention of the wheel at its own expense; based on the mistaken belief that it is the only process capable of producing innovation, or condition-specific design. AP & NI