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Though still in its infancy, the world-wide web has the potential to make a profound impact in the field of architecture. Next to the physically built and virtually built, we recognize an information architecture that shapes and characterizes the spaces in which we work and collaborate on the computer. In this paper, we consider the web as an information and collaboration environment and attempt to assess its strengths and shortcomings. We present a research project for a web-based information, communication and collaboration system for the Swiss building industry, and describe a concept for representational flexibility that is particularly suited to support information exchange in such a collaborative environment.
In precedent based design, solutions to problems are developed by drawing from an understanding of landmark designs. Many of the key design operations in this mode are similar to the functionalities present in case-based reasoning systems: case matching, case adapting, and case representation. It is clear that a rich case-base, encoding all major product types in a design domain would be the centerpiece of such an approach. EDAT (Electronic Design Assistance Tool) is intended to assist in precedent based design in the studio with the potential of expansion into the office setting. EDAT has been designed using object oriented system development methods. EDAT was used in a design studio at Carnegie Mellon University, during Spring 1996.
Developments in information and communication technology have an impact throughout the entire life cycle of a building, not only from the process and technical point of view but also from the creative design point of view. As a result of developments of advanced modelling software for architectural design, the gap between what the architect can envision and what the building technician or product architect can materialise is enlarging. Future developments in information and communication technology may help to narrow this gap. Internet technology will provide a closer link between the participants in the building process, their activities, knowledge, and information. Support software for the building designer will become object-oriented and tools will be integrated and be able to communicate with each other. Soft computing techniques such as artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, and genetic algorithms will make contributions to the problem solving aspects of the design process. This paper provides an overview of these and other future developments of information and communication technology within the building sector.