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authors Russell, P., Stachelhaus, T. and Elger, D.
year 2003
title CSNCW: Computer Supported Non-Cooperative Work Barriers to Successful Virtual Design Studios
source Digital Design [21th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-1-6] Graz (Austria) 17-20 September 2003, pp. 59-66
summary The paper describes a design studio jointly undertaken by four Universities. With respect given to the groundbreaking work carried out by [Wojtowicz and Butelski (1998)] and [Donath et al 1999] and some of the problems described therein, the majority of the Studio partners had all had positive, if not exemplary experiences with co-operative studio projects carried out over the internet. The positive experience and development of concepts have been well documented in numerous publications over the last 5 years. A platform developed by one of the partners for this type of collaboration is in its third generation and has had well over 1000 students from 12 different universities in over 40 Projects. With this amount of experience, the four partners entered into the joint studio project with high expectations and little fear of failure. This experimental aspect of the studio, combined with the “well trodden” path of previous virtual design studios, lent an air of exploration to an otherwise well-worn format. Everything looked good, or so we thought. This is not to say that previous experiments were without tribulations, but the problems encountered earlier were usually spread over the studio partners and thus, the levels and distribution of frustration were more or less balanced. This raised a (theoretically) well-founded expectation of success. In execution, it was quite the opposite. In this case, the difficulties tended to be concentrated towards one or two of the partners. The partners spoke the same language, but came from different sets of goals, and hence, interpreted the agreements to suit their goals. This was not done maliciously, however the results were devastating to the project and most importantly, the student groups. The differing pedagogical methods of the various institutes played a strong role in steering the design critique at each school. Alongside these difficulties, the flexibility (or lack thereof) of each university’s calendar as well as national and university level holidays led to additional problems in coordination. And of course, (as if this was all not enough), the technical infrastructure, local capabilities and willingness to tackle technological problems were heterogeneous (to put it lightly).
keywords CSCW: Virtual Design Studio; Mistakes in Pedagogy
series eCAADe
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100%; open Donath, D., Kruijff, E., Regenbrecht, H., Hirschberg, U., Johnson, B., Kolarevic, B. and Wojtowicz, J. (1999) Find in CUMINCAD Virtual Design Studio 1998 - A Place2Wait , Brown, A., Knight, M., Berridge P. (eds.) Computing from Turing to 2000 - [eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9523687-5-7] Liverpool (UK), pp. 453-458

100%; open Elger, Dietrich and Russell, Peter (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Netbased Architectural Design: The Difficult Path from the Presentation of Architectural Design in the World Wide Web to Teamwork in VirtualPlanning Offices: A Field Report , Architectural Information Management [19th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0- 9523687-8-1] Helsinki (Finland), pp. 371-375

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100%; open Russell, Peter and Forgber, Uwe (2000) Find in CUMINCAD The ETalier: Inter-university Networked Design Studios , Promise and Reality: State of the Art versus State of Practice , Donath, D. (ed.) Computing for the Design and Planning Process [18th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9523687-6-5] Weimar (Germany), pp. 45-50

100%; open Wojtowicz, Jerzy and Butelski, Kazimier (1998) Find in CUMINCAD A Case Study of the Virtual Design Studio in Practice : The Olympic Stadium for Krakow 2006 , Computerised Craftsmanship [eCAADe Conference Proceedings] Paris (France), pp. 253-261

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