Last edited 06 Nov 2018

Why write an article

The construction industry is complicated and diverse. To work together effectively we need to break out of our single-discipline silos, pool our knowledge and share best practice.

Designing Buildings Wiki was created to put all construction industry knowledge in one place and make it available for free. Anyone can create articles about subjects they know and anyone can find articles about subjects they don’t.

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Why should you write an article?

As well as being good for the industry, writing an article on Designing Buildings Wiki is a great way of securing profile in your subject area. Just add your user signature at the bottom of articles you write, and your details will automatically appear at the top, linked to your website.

If an article already exists, and you significantly develop it, you can still add your signature, even though you didn't create it. See user signature for more information.

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If you feel it is important that you prevent other people from changing the article, click 'Protect' at the top of the page.

Designing Buildings Wiki isn’t just a collection of isolated articles, it is an integrated knowledge base. Every phrase in every article that matches the title of another article automatically links to it. So if you write an article about ‘planning permission’ every other article that mentions planning permission will link to it. So not only will your article be found by people that were looking for it, but also by people that were reading something else and came across it.

Writing an article needn’t take much effort. You’ve already written lots of documents that would make great articles - explanations for bid documents and planning applications, research for clients, conference papers and lectures, dissertations and theses. Don’t leave them to gather dust on your hard drive.

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Want to know more about how to create an article? Have a look at our quick introduction or find more detailed guidance on our help page.