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Computer Aids for Design Participation

Goal: This project was original developed under the direction of Prof. Tom Maver at the ABACUS research unit at the School of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland between 1975 and 1979. The research premise proposed by Nigel Cross and Tom Maver was that a computer aided design system could be built which would enable lay building users to participate in the architectural design process. The project developed the PARTIAL design participation software which was successfully used in a number of user case studies, thus confirm the original research premise.

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This paper brings together some key research issues in design participation: Is it possible to develop a computer-based architectural design application which can be used by completely untutored lay participants in a meaningful design process? How can the designs created by the participants be objectively compared with other building designs created to the same brief by professional architects? What are the implication of design participation as an expression of a wider social and political process of 'democratisation'? The research described here is based on a pioneering project called 'Computer Aids for Design Participation' conducted in the 1970's. While the computing facilities used in this project would be considered incredibly primitive by today's standard, the research methodology, including software design and empirical studies with participants is still relevant today.
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This project was original developed under the direction of Prof. Tom Maver at the ABACUS research unit at the School of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland between 1975 and 1979. The research premise proposed by Nigel Cross and Tom Maver was that a computer aided design system could be built which would enable lay building users to participate in the architectural design process. The project developed the PARTIAL design participation software which was successfully used in a number of user case studies, thus confirm the original research premise.