Nicky Rhodes

Interdisciplinary designer / maker / thinker with an academic background in the intersections of architecture, society, and the environment, and a foundation in the arts. I strive to craft spaces that connect people with their community, their ecosystem, and themselves.

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Open House

PHILADELPHIA, PA – An experiment in democratic design: Open House is a collaborative design system that employs open-source fabrication technologies to produce affordable, sustainable, and versatile building modules.

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    Bus Stop Greenhouse
  • An experiment in democratic design: Open House is a collaborative design system that employs open-source fabrication technologies to produce affordable, sustainable, and versatile building modules.

    PARK(ing) Day – Open House participated in PARK(ING) Day 2020, an architectural festival rethinking public space. Our parklet, Pixel Park, won the Peoples' Choice Award.

    PARK(ing) Day – Open House participated in PARK(ING) Day 2020, an architectural festival rethinking public space. Our parklet, Pixel Park, won the Peoples' Choice Award.

    PARK(ing) Day – From flat-pack to parklet in an hour.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Building with Boxels – Open House's product, the Boxel, can be used to easily, cheaply, and creatively build structures on many scales.

    Boxels are open-source building blocks. Anyone can contribute to and download designs from the Boxel Repository at open-house.org, fabricate modules at a makerspace, and assemble a structure with just a rubber mallet and standard hardware.

    UNBOXED – An exhibition showcasing the Open House building system.

    UNBOXED – An exhibition showcasing the Open House building system.

    UNBOXED – An exhibition showcasing the Open House building system.

    UNBOXED – An exhibition showcasing the Open House building system.

    Cambridge Innovation Center – A popup installation demonstrating Open House's versatility.

    Cambridge Innovation Center – A popup installation demonstrating Open House's versatility.

    Cambridge Innovation Center – A popup installation demonstrating Open House's versatility.