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authors Seichter, Hartmut; Donath, Dirk; Petzold, Frank
year 2003
title TAP - The Architectural Playground: A C++ Framework for Scalable Distributed Collaborative Architectural Virtual Environments
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 1 - no. 1
summary Architecture is built information [1]. Architects have the task of restructuring and translating information into buildable designs.The beginning of the design process, where the briefing is transformed into an idea, is a crucial phase in the design process. It is where the architect makes decisions that influence the rest of the design development process [2]. It is at this stage where most information is unstructured but has to be integrated into a broad context.This is where TAP is positioned - to support the architect in finding solutions through the creation of spatially structured information sets without impairing creative development.We want to enrich the inspiration of an architect with a new kind of information design. A further aspect is workflow in a distributed process where the architect's work becomes one aspect of a decentralised working pattern. The software supports collaborative work with models, sketches and text messages within a uniform environment.The representations of the various media are connected and combined with each other and the user is free to combine them according to his or her needs.
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