We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

Open Source Architecture: An Exploration of Source Code and Access in Architectural Design


The term open source is increasingly applied to architecture, yet there is little consensus about what it means in this context. This paper explores how different literal and metaphoric interpretations of the “access to source code” principle, set by the founders of the Free and Open Source Software movements, are being applied to architecture. The authors explore several challenges that have arisen in the translation of open source rhetoric from cyberspace to architectural space and discuss paths for new conceptual and programmatic agendas promoting user empowerment and democratization in architectural design.

You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.