Today the WikiHouse project is being developed collaboratively by a growing community of individuals and teams around the world. The project encourages anyone to freely download existing designs, use them as they see fit (for commercial or non-commercial use) and get involved in helping develop better versions of the system or component parts.
First chapter, Wikihouse NZ. To describe yourself or your product as WikiHouse or use the WikiHouse logo you need to sign the WikiHouse Trademark Chapter Licence in the Constitution and become a WikiHouse Chapter. WikiHouseNZ (based in Christchurch) was the first chapter established globally outside of the UK founding team. At the time of writing this, there are are 16 chapters around the world.
Wikihouse in Australia. Recently, the first Australian Chapter was established - across the ditch in Perth, Western Australia; where Danny and I have also been supporting the efforts of Grant Oldfield who is keen to start developing solutions based on the work of the NZ team. Grant has plans to visit both the UK and NZ teams this year. I’ve also been asked to look at how we might collaborate on projects with the WikiHouse China Chapter who, like us, are interested in developing solutions for seismically active regions of the world.
Chapters are open, self-organising groups consisting of individuals, academic institutions, not for profits, businesses and social enterprises, who organise events, meetups and help develop the WikiHouse system and prototype buildings. Generally, chapters are named after a geographical location (although a few get named after projects) and part of the work at WikiHouseNZ and Space Craft Systems has been to assist new groups who plan to start chapters; most recently in Mongolia (now established) and in South Africa.