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Assessing the Openness and Conviviality of Open Source Technology: The Case of the WikiHouse

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Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Akadeemia street 3, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia
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Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4746; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174746
Received: 9 August 2019 / Revised: 23 August 2019 / Accepted: 28 August 2019 / Published: 30 August 2019
The housing crisis has received growing interest from academia, industry, and policymakers. Open construction systems have emerged as a promising solution to achieve long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability. In this paper, extensive fieldwork was conducted to investigate a case of an open construction system, namely, the WikiHouse Den Bosch. The research framework builds on a combined view of two main concepts: “conviviality” and “openness”. The aim is to provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between these two aspects and the literature regarding “Design Global Manufacture Local”. The analysis showed that conviviality and openness are complex and context-specific factors. The paper concludes by outlining the need for an “institutionalized conviviality” to open up new pathways for future practice to address sustainability issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: conviviality; openness; commons; open hardware; WikiHouse; open innovation conviviality; openness; commons; open hardware; WikiHouse; open innovation
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Priavolou, C.; Niaros, V. Assessing the Openness and Conviviality of Open Source Technology: The Case of the WikiHouse. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4746.

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