Buildx aims to democratise housing production; using digital design and distributed production to make it simple for individuals, communities and local businesses to design and build affordable housing for themselves.
The cost of housing and energy is central to the question of economic and social equality. Today, almost every developed economy has a housing crisis, characterised by dependence on centralised, speculative housebuilding models and energy poverty, with disadvantaged communities stuck in poor housing, dependent on welfare. Small-scale, affordable, sustainable housing models exist, but are notoriously difficult to scale. Our work is developing open source digital technologies that change that: putting power to build affordable housing into the hands of communities to develop affordable homes for themselves. Behind this, our aim is to ensure equitable digitisation by keeping innovations open source.