Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population.

Why you should listen

"As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people -- particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty -- can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.

He is one of a team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, "printed" via CNC cutting machine and easily assembled. Parvin calls WikiHouse a very early experiment, the seed of what he sees as design’s great project in the 21st century: the democratization of production.

What others say

“Sounds promising? It is. This is a revolutionary way of producing architecture.” — Neil Chambers, Metropolis POV Blog

Alastair Parvin’s TED talk

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How to print out your own house

May 23, 2013

Architect Alastair Parvin came to TED2013 with questions that challenge our preconceptions about building. How about we involve everyone in the architectural design process, not just professional architects building for the super-wealthy? What about a world in which cities are built by citizens? Parvin isn’t merely being rhetorical, as he shares in today’s talk. He […]

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The DIY house of the future: Alastair Parvin at TED2013

February 27, 2013

Designer Alastair Parvin begins this Session 4 of TED2013 with the theme “Disrupt!” When we use the word architect or designer, Parvin suggests, we mean a professional, a person paid to design. And we believe it’s only these people who can solve the world’s biggest design problems. But he says firmly: That’s wrong. When Parvin […]

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Quotes from Alastair Parvin

The uncomfortable fact is that almost everything that we call architecture today is actually the business of designing for about the richest one percent of the world's population.
Alastair Parvin
TED2013 • 1M views May 2013
Inspiring, Ingenious
I think we need to question this idea that architecture is about making buildings. Actually, a building is about the most expensive solution you can think of to almost any given problem.
Alastair Parvin
TED2013 • 1M views May 2013
Inspiring, Ingenious