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Video: Building open source tools

Video: Building open source tools

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An open source network designs a technological platform to build DIY sustainable civilizations.

Even the simplest do-it-yourself projects require tools. So imagine what is needed to build your own civilization.

Missouri based Open Source Ecology are developing a modular construction set to build the industrial machines needed to build. The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a 'life-sized lego set' meant to enable the creation of a sustainable society with modern comforts. The toolkit consists of 50 manufacturing and construction devices with interchangeable, modular components. In keeping with their barrier free philosophy, all design, assembly, and budget information for the GVCS is available on the team's wiki.

Watch the video of their working prototype village:

Global Village Construction Set in 2 Minutes from Open Source Ecology on Vimeo.


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Sun Kim

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Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure