Global Village Construction Set / Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology

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The GVCS is comparable to a life-sized Lego set with interchangeable parts, motors, and power units. The DIY Open Source network provides the essential information that allows anyone to build and maintain the machines necessary to start a sustainable farm and settlement.

On average, the costs of the machines are 8x cheaper than purchasing from an industrial manufacture. So far, eight out of fifty prototypes have been completed and Open Source Ecology has published all 3D designs, schematics, instructional videos, and budgets on wiki.

The Compressed Earth Brick was the first product released and is the world’s first high-performance open model. The machine is capable of pressing 5000 bricks in one day from the raw dirt found on site. To get an understanding of the time it takes to build a machine, the multi-purpose tractor was completed in six days.

GVCS allows for greater distribution of production, environmentally sound supply chains, and creates a DIY culture that transcends artificial scarcity. For more information and to support this project, click here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Global Village Construction Set / Open Source Ecology" 09 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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