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The approach we are taking to this project is modeled after the systems and philosophies of open source software. We think that this will be the most effective way to find unique solutions to existing problems.

Also: some helpful notes from John Maeda:

John Maeda - Laws of simplicity What does one need or use? What can we as house designers do to help? What should/could be done? Why?

Law 1: Reduce
The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
Law 2: Organise
Organsiation makes a system of many appear fewer
Law 4: Learn
Knowledge makes everything simpler
Law 6: Context
What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
Law 9: Failure
Some things can never be made simple.
--John Maeda