Better Block’s Wikiblock library is an open-source toolkit of designs for benches, chairs, planters, stages, bus stops, beer garden fences, and kiosks that can be downloaded for free.Wikiblock designs can be taken to a makerspace where a CNC router (a computer-aided machine) can cut them out of a sheet of plywood. Most products can then be assembled without glue or nails, and used instantly to make a block better.
The Wikiblock library launched with 30 products, but as the community grew and provided more input, it has continued to expand. Wikiblock is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thanks, also, to our other partners, including Kent State University, RSP Architects, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, Friendly Streets Initiative, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, and the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative who helped us kick off the initiative.
“Wikiblock offers a fun, fast, effective path to get people involved in shaping their community and create spaces where people can connect with their city and each other,” said Benjamin de la Peña, Knight Foundation director for community and national strategy.