WikiHouseNZ in the media


Interview on Earth Matters

Danny Squires was interviewed on the programme Earth Matters, aired on radio station Free FM. Earth Matters is a collaboration between the Waikato Environment Centre and the community. Hosts Samantha Rose and Anna Casey-Cox interviewed Danny Squires as part of a series on sustainable housing.

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Test buyers wanted for groundbreaking new Christchurch homes

A Christchurch company developing innovative new houses is looking for four people willing to test the groundbreaking building technique. 
WikiHouseNZ has developed a modular, timber home that can be constructed simply, quickly and cheaply using pegs rather than nails.
The plans have developed from a 10-square metre sleepout to a 40sqm home complete with solar panels, wool insulation, and tall internal spaces.

The Press, 19 October 2016


WikiHouse: construction by the people for the people

WikiHouse is a concept for affordable, safe housing that people can build themselves. It's the work of Christchurch-based social enterprise Space Craft Systems, whose co-founders Martin Luff and Danny Squires are on a mission to revolutionise the way built environments are created.

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill,
Radio New Zealand, 15 October 2016


Urbanist Tommy Honey on Radio NZ

Tommy Honey discusses new revolutions in housing, including a company in Australia that's building flatpack tiny homes and the New Zealand team behind the "wikihouse".

From Nine To Noon, 11:49 am on 3 October 201


Quake simulator gets school kids shaking

By Caley Callahan

A group of high school students were left shaking with excitement at the University of Canterbury today. An inaugural holiday programme designed to give young innovators the chance to test their skills ran at the university’s structural engineering laboratory on Friday. The project, dubbed QuakeCraft, gave young students an opportunity to design, create and build mini-house prototypes that will go up against an earthquake simulator.

Newshub, Friday 30 Sep 2016 6:15 p.m.


Savings from going digital

By DERMOTT MCMEEL

Digital fabrication enables precise component manufacture, resulting in improved on site productivity. While it is early days, a potential upside is reduced labour costs and more affordable housing.

Build magazine, 1 October 2015


WikiHouseUK development

Alistair Parvin, of WikiHouseCC (UK), talks on YouTube about the newly released version 4.2 of the WikiHouse chassis system. In it he pays tribute to the work of WikiHouseNZ.

10 July, 2015


Homes by people

A public service broadcast by WikiHouseUK on Britain's housing crisis, offering one key idea for reinventing housing systems in the 21st century. 

15 May 2015


WikiHouse project 'a social enterprise'

"A communal house-building network that started in the dark days after the Christchurch earthquake will be a reality this year."

Stuff website, 6 April 2015


"A new global open source building movement that's trying to revolutionise how we build our homes. It's called the ‘WikiHouse’. Designers Danny Squires and Martin Luff are hoping the idea could be part of the Christchurch rebuild."

This Way Up, Radio NZ, 26 April 2014


"Meet Martin Luff and Danny Squires who’ve brought the genius WikiHouse concept to New Zealand."

Canterbury Today, April/May 2014


Martin Luff and Danny Squares of Square Space are interviewed on the BBC Click audio podcast, on 1 April 2014 (no, it's not an April Fool's Day joke). 


"There’s a heavy current of hard truths which we can’t swim away from; an economic model dependent on ever increasing consumerism, rising population density, soaring house prices and detrimental environmental issues. None of this means the end is nigh, but it does mean we need to figure out a couple of different ways to address the challenges of the day. One such solution might be sitting right on our doorstep - an exciting project which addresses global urban development challenges called WikiHouse. Could this be the stroke of genius we’ve all been looking for?"

Magazines Today


Is this the shape of sheds to come?


Chch developers plan 'jigsaw puzzle' house

A group of Christchurch developers are redefining what it means to build a home, designing a house you can put together like a jigsaw puzzle, construct in a day and add onto at any time. There are no nails or glue - only construction-grade plywood, an ancient joinery technique and pioneering design. The next-generation 'Wikihouse' project is being developed by volunteers from across the world, but is spearheaded by a Christchurch team.

3News, 5 August 2013


"Open source is potentially the most philanthropic endeavor man has ever gone out to undertake. The sharing of informative, potentially life-changing information and knowledge for absolutely nothing. There is no better time for more open source development than right now with internet and global communication more readily available than ever. I was fortunate enough to be invited to help out with such an open source project. The construction of the first WikiHouse Project in New Zealand."

superfanaddict.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-wikihouse/, 30 May 2013


Online house designs could slash costs

New housing solution for post-quake Chch

The Press, 13 May 2013


How to survive earthquake-induced PTSD

New Zealand is located on a continental place boundary, so earthquakes aren't unexpected. But no one was ready for the quake that hit at 12:51pm on February 22, 2011. Danny Squires tells Alison Prato about the experience.

ideas.ted.com, 28 September 2013. 


Interview with WikiHouse/NZ co-founders

WikiHouse/NZ co-founders Danny Squires and Martin Luff were interviewed by Matthew Cutler-Welsh of Home Style Green in his online podcast series. The podcast interview is available here, and explores the early beginnings and future direction of the WikiHouse project in the Canterbury rebuild and the wider New Zealand context.

13 September 2013


Wikihouse’s Alastair Parvin on the bright potential of community-led development

UK WikiHouse founder Alistair Parvin describes a Wikihouse-enabled project in Christchurch, New Zealand, an area that experienced a huge earthquake in February 2011, and where citizens are still trying to rebuild.

TED Blog, 4 March 2013