Bricks

Bricks is the hub for open source architecture and collaborative design.

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About the project Edit

Bricks is the hub for open source architecture and collaborative design projects. With Bricks you can collect your inspirations efficiently and reuse elements of projects shared by your team and the community.

Bricks change the way we design architecture projects and allow to design together. With Bricks, Architecture know how and best practices are available and free for all of us. Every one can build a project starting from open bricks shared by the open source architecture community.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Bricks is the only plateform that allow to share open source architecture elements and works with your architecture and design inspirations.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Bricks allow people that want to design & build an architecture, urbanism or design project to use projects bricks shared by the architecture community. Projects bricks can be a roof, a construction technic, a whole project shared under creative commons licence. It contain the drawings, 3D, pdf files, images and more datas that make it possible reuse this element again. With open bricks of projects, architects, designers and all people that want to design a project can start with popular reusable element without the need to reinvent wheel all the time.
Bricks allow to rise the global quality of construction and popularize the know how of architecture to a more global public.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Bricks can grow fast and become a standard as github became for web development. It has the potential to change the way we design architecture projects and popularize architecture, not only for the people that can afford it.

Architecture is a traditional know how. We live in architecture. Every body may or should have an opinion on it. If we share our designs, architecture will be much more efficient to change the cities, our lifes and the society.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

All architects like us get inspirations from others. When you inspire, you try to understand how a project was built, but with a lot of guess and no direct way to ask more information to the author.

At the opposite open source projects in Architecture are being developed (wikihouse, akerkit, open source ecology...). But they are difficult to find and using them in our own projects is time consuming. Indeed the communities are not using the same tools and ways to describe their projects.

Inspired by what web developers do with platforms like Github, we imagined Bricks as the github for architecture, a hub for open source architecture and collaborative design.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Bricks is a free app, as long as you share projects bricks with the community. When you want to work privately, you can pay for a premium version that have more features like google drive, dropbox sync...


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