"Brickstarter" Explores Democratic Architecture

Architecture and public planning were left behind in the crowdfunding revolution, according to one blog post.

by / December 12, 2012

While crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo created new avenues for artists and innovators to connect with their audiences, some industries got left behind. Architecture and urban planning did not take off as part of the crowdfunding revolution, writer Kelly Chan wrote on ArtInfo. Because urban planning is “bound by its need for abundant resources and widespread consensus,” the model for creating new things in public spaces is not changing so easily, she wrote.

To remedy this problem, a new website called Brickstarter was formed by Finnish organization Sitra. The name of the website is misleading, as it is not a Kickstarter clone specializing in architecture. Rather the website was designed to be a starting place for discussion about how crowdfunding and urban planning could come together in an effective way.

“A lot of the attention around Brickstarter has taken it to mean that we are building a live web service, which is not our particular goal,” said Brian Boyer from Brickstarter in an email to ArtInfo. “Brickstarter is really about opening up a debate around how we make cities, how technology can be used to enable a more fluid democratic process.”