Problems of participation and connection: a problem of context?

Frazer, John H., Tang, Ming Xi, & Gu, Ning (2001) Problems of participation and connection: a problem of context? In de Zeeuw, Gerard, Vahl, Martha, & Mennuti, Ed (Eds.) Problems of Participation and Conncection, 5-9 April, 2001, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Problems of communication in a global co-operative network are identified in relation to the lack of software support. The question of the context for design decisions in a collaborative design environment is explored. This raises broader issues of design knowledge representations in computer-based environment. For example, how are multiple conflicting and contradictory assumptions to be represented? This paper is directly linked to previous presentations by the first author. Frazer discussed automation in design in 1995 during the conference on Excavating Cybernetics and Systems. He emphasised user participation and consultancy work for the architects Cedric Price and Walter Segal. The users of buildings were directly involved in design via electronic mediation. For Action and Observation in 1997 the Groningen experiment was described. This was an experimental, interactive, predictive, evolving, virtual model of Groningen. The prototype was developed to demonstrate the feasibility of modelling the city to enable the citizens of Groningen to interact and influence the development of their city. The authors have constructed, in Hong Kong, a global virtual design studio embodying the most sophisticated virtual reality equipment combined with video conferencing and shared drawing board software. Members of a research team in the department are developing software for such collaborative environemtns.

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ID Code: 10784
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, evolutionary design, collaborative design, design context, virtual reality, global virtual design studio, object, orientated model, multidatabase platform, design software, design prototype
ISSN: 0167 9961
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:24

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