BoKlok designer warns of waning hacker culture

If you’ve spent any time in Sweden, you’ve likely seen Inter Ikea’s BoKlok prefab housing developments. You may not have realised, however, that the concept comes from a British Mini enthusiast with a love of hacking.

David Morton, lead architect for BoKlok UK, is responsible for the clever design touches that allows buyers of the prefab structures from Inter Ikea – the housing arm of everyone’s favourite flatpack giant – to construct the buildings in a fraction of the time of a normal house, and credits his love of the original Mini and taking things apart for his inspiration.

In an interview over on Humans Invent, Morton claims that the past few generations have lost the hacker ethic that drove his youth, with kids more interested in the instant gratification of games and films than the joy of taking something apart to see how it works.

“Working with your hands, building things – architecture is a bigger version of it,” Morton claims. “I think a couple of generations have lost out in the satisfaction of making something and fixing something.”

While Morton may have a point, the growing popularity of hacking and making groups in the UK – including an increasing number of collaborative working spaces dubbed ‘hackerspaces’ where groups of like-minded individuals can help each other out on a variety of projects – suggests that the tide is turning.

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