Semi-Open Architecture

FreeGreen, whose slogan is “Making Green Design Accessible to All”, has recently created a new subsidiary called Better House Plans. The original concept of FreeGreen was to provide free or affordable house designs to anyone who wanted to download them. They claim to have had over 88,000 downloads thus far. These plans are for homes designed by their own company. The big difference now is that Better House Plans allows anyone to upload their own design to be sold through their ‘architectural design marketplace’. Of course they ultimately review and approve which ones will be sold, but it is a step in the right direction for open-source architecture.


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