Built InCommon

Project Scope

There is a rapid growth in the development of digitally enabled construction systems which is also matched by the growth of the community-led house building. Together these two trends have the potential to challenge the centralised factory model that currently dominates the growth in Design for Manufacture and Assembly DfMA within the construction industry. New, distributed models of fabrication have been enabled by new fabrication tools such as CNC routers and 3D printing which are inherently more agile and more resilient and offer and alternative vision of collective city making at a human scale.

 Built InCommon aims to conceive and develop a replicable prototype for new neighborhood-based facility, an enabling infrastructure to support localised manufacture of residential and commercial buildings. It is intended that such facilities will create ecologies of local supply chains, training opportunities, community enterprise and opportunities for civic governance.


The concept of Built InCommon responds to the potential of new technologies to enable communities to build themselves and to owe their tools of production- it is propositional. Nevertheless, there has been significant interest from the Community Led Housing Sector already.

Three case studies have been developed testing the flexibility of entry points and applications and these suggest that each Built InCommon project can be unique for each locality and resilient in terms of business model.

Presenting the concept at STIR to Action Festival of New Economy, and at the Oslo Degrowth Architectural Triennale in 2019 highlights the relevance of Built InCommon in the wider context of transformative change needed to tackle global challenges.