[P2P-F] Fwd: [P2P-URBANISM] Open Architecture license

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Mon Jul 25 05:30:30 CEST 2016

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From: Jonathan Dortheimer <jonathan at dortheimer.com>
Date: Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 11:15 PM
Subject: [P2P-URBANISM] Open Architecture license
To: P2P-Urbanism <p2p-urbanism-world-atlas at googlegroups.com>

I would like to introduce this group to the first Open-Source Architecture
(OSL) license to exist.
Open Architecture is important to allow a free and evolving creative
environment by making architectural intellectual property free and open.

Here's the license template:

What does the license do:

   - It allows architects to share designs with their peers, limiting
   - It allow architects to use other's design with permission and no
   limitations - facilitating a sharing-economy between professionals
   - it provides credits to the creators.
   - It allows to change the designs.
   - It doesn't limit the use or application.
   - It allows free redistribution.
   - It applies on the blueprints only in a way that allows commercial use
   like the permissive open source licenses (MIT, Apache, BSD etc...)
   - It doesn't limit the building owner.

Why do architects need a special license?
Architecture is made from blueprints and structures, genotype and
phenotype, source code and binary code. But's it differentiates from
software in the way it is build, while the reproduction cost of software is
almost nothing, a structure building cost is the main expense.

Who is the licensee?
Is the building owner? Maybe the renter? Or maybe any one who uses it? The
answer is simple, the building isn't digital, isn't portable and isn't
licensed under the terms of the license.
That's why open-source and creative-commons licenses are not usable with
architecture, because the license is passed to the building and then things
get messed up legally.

What about DIY architecture and the social ideas of Open-source
A lot was written about open-source architecture by Kaspori (2003), Fuller
& Haque (2008), Sallingaros (2011), Ratti (2011) and Ratti and Claudel
(2015), but very was actually done, because the framework doesn't exists
and the open-source architecture ideas have been related to "Architecture
without architects", DIY architecture and Alexander's (1977) ideas. But
open source isn't about the amateurs - it's about the professionals,
delivering faster, inexpensive and better products.

I would love to hear what you think, Any suggestions are welcome!

Jonathan Dortheimer

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