Collaborative design


Henro Achten and Jakob Beetz from the University of Eindhoven collected 324 papers on collaborative design and they carefully examined them in regard to their content. Here is what they have discovered and published in a paper entitled “What happened in collaborative design?” in 2009.

Papers written between:

  • 1983_1993: describe it as a potentially possible direction
  • 1994_1997: look for technological solutions to support it
  • 1997_2008: express a steady reflection of what collaborative design really is.

Papers were also classified in regard to their contribution to:

  • support_largest category, 3d virtual environments, synchronous and asynchronous applications, comprehensive systems, community participation, tools
  • methodology_all aspects how to research collaborative design through case studies & research methodology
  • theory_focus on the nature of collaborative design: design management as in how CD is managed and controlled and kind of design as in publications that describe CD as a specific type of design.
  • model_design modelling, information modelling, knowldge modelling & representations
  • technology_ multi-agent systems, technology
  • education_pedagogical models (how CD should be taught), virtual design studios

Through the examination of the above mentioned papers CD is considered a good thing but often too difficult to achieve. Institutions, the authors claim, are still teaching the students as individuals.

References and Image

Achten, H.H., Beetz, J., 2009, “What happened to collaborative design?” in Computation: The new realm of architectural design – Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe / Ed. G. Cagdas, C. Gulen. – Istanbul : Istanbul Technical University & Yildiz Technical University, 2009. – ISBN 978-0-9541183-8-9. – p. 357-365

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