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Towards Sustainable Construction Practices: How to Reinvigorate Vernacular Buildings in the Digital Era?

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Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Akadeemia tee 3, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia
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P2P Lab, Papadopoulou 5B, 45444 Ioannina, Greece
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Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Rambla del Poblenou, 156, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Wahidul Biswas
Buildings 2021, 11(7), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11070297
Received: 14 May 2021 / Revised: 30 June 2021 / Accepted: 4 July 2021 / Published: 7 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Manufacturing in Construction)
The starting point of this article is the critique on socioeconomic and environmental implications of conventional construction practices around sustainability. The focus is on exploring the sustainability dynamics of the emerging “Design Global, Manufacture Local” (DGML) configuration with emphasis on building construction. Combined with the concept of conviviality which we identify in aspects of vernacular architecture we explore how it can foster meaningful sustainability practices in the construction sector. We introduce a framework of “open construction systems”, an expression of DGML in building construction, as a way to foster the conjunctive use of the digital commons and local manufacturing technologies for the construction of buildings through three interlocked elements—modularity, sharing and adaptability. We suggest that the “open construction systems” framework may point towards more sustainability in building construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction; building; commons; sustainability; conviviality construction; building; commons; sustainability; conviviality
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Priavolou, C.; Tsiouris, N.; Niaros, V.; Kostakis, V. Towards Sustainable Construction Practices: How to Reinvigorate Vernacular Buildings in the Digital Era? Buildings 2021, 11, 297. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11070297

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Priavolou C, Tsiouris N, Niaros V, Kostakis V. Towards Sustainable Construction Practices: How to Reinvigorate Vernacular Buildings in the Digital Era? Buildings. 2021; 11(7):297. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11070297

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Priavolou, Christina, Nikiforos Tsiouris, Vasilis Niaros, and Vasilis Kostakis. 2021. "Towards Sustainable Construction Practices: How to Reinvigorate Vernacular Buildings in the Digital Era?" Buildings 11, no. 7: 297. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11070297

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