Open Source Architecture License

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= Open Architecture is an Open-Source Architecture (OSL) license to allow a free and evolving creative environment by making architectural intellectual property free and open.

URL = https://github.com/dortheimer/open-architecture (license template:)


Characteristics

What does the license do:

  • It allows architects to share designs with their peers, limiting liability.
  • 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.

Details

Jonathan Dortheimer:

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 architecture?

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."