Workflow 2010: Designing Industry


Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Scott Marble, instructor, with Julie Jira

Luc Wilson

Local collaborative Network

Formalizing the Virtual interface – Making Informal Physical Interaction

My professional practice diagram proposes a structure that maintains the flexibility of small sized firms while introducing shared infrastructure, which is typically limited to large firms, to create a local collaborative network of designers, engineers, contractors and developers. The shared infrastructure would consist of physical space such as conference rooms, workshops and model shops, equipment such as cnc machines and laser cutters, and shared specialists such as graphic design, branding and BIM management. My intent is to formalize informal relationships that occur across projects and between firms by introducing shared workspace and infrastructure that foster collaboration that can only happen through physical proximity.

Current Practice Diagram (initial setup)

Current Practice Diagram (growth)

My studio diagram takes the structure of a common linear design process of research (yellow) -> parametric system (orange) -> iteration and testing (red/orange) -> architectural rigorousness (red) to illustrate the non-linear process of my current studio. The intent of the diagram is to understand a process that frequently and spontaneously moves between quantified design systems and qualified design intuition in the hope of codifying specific relationships and thresholds of this process for application in future design problems.

Studio Diagram arranged according to time:


2 Responses

  1. Scott says:

    Here are some comments on your Future Practice Diagrams. The questions are intended to help you refine the diagram and text.

    This Local Collaborative Network model is very interesting but you need to address some of the immediate issues that would come up with this:
    – What incentive would there be for each of the network members to always work with each other and not go outside the network? This is important because your model relies on physical space, resources and face-to-face relationships, which is different, than networks solely dependent on IT.
    – Is the identity of each member tied only to the network or do they have individual identities?
    – There are obviously many larger firms that have these kinds of resources but this organization is strictly about supporting and promoting a single firm and single identity which avoids many of the challenges of your model. As you develop this diagram, continue to explore and represent the advantages of the network over the conglomerate.
    – In general, I think your diagram needs much more information and the graphics need to be more precise. Your studio diagram has MUCH more detail.
    – Are there references that you have been thinking about as you develop your diagram? The Third Ward has been mentioned often but are there others that would help you develop your model?

  2. Scott says:

    – Architecture is about ideas which is essential to any organization working effectively.
    – How can the organization cultivate better ideas to emerge? Or are ideas simply a separate category of research.
    – Just putting people in a room together could have the potential to completely change the type of dialogue. However the next generation of facebook architects might be as effective at virtual collaboration as physical collaboration.

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