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Design & the Net


Proceedings of Europia'97

ISBN 2-909285-07-3 , 342 Pages - Prix 38,11 euros



Ten years ago few would have anticipated the emergence and prominence of the global hypertext linkup that is the World Wide Web. The configuration and content of nodes and links of the global network is constantly re-forming, but the net is also changing in character. An archaeology of the net reveals the original substrate of the Internet founded on the necessity for fast and reliable data exchange. The rich work environment of the researcher and academic lies above this. Above is the playground for the hacker and computer addict. Then we see the network of conduits through which individuals channel their intimate thoughts to the world using the medium of the personal web page. Now there is the net as a market place with its own emerging economy and methods of exchange. The net is also changing from a forum for unbridled access as people decide what to make public, what to conceal, and what new channels to plough through the old. The web appears as fluid and labyrinthine as the network of metaphors used to describe it. There has been much groundwork, but design applications on the net are in their infancy. The papers for this conference are bursting with anticipation, capturing the tenor of this changing environment. Papers cover emerging applications, including the distribution of CAD and other library information, three dimensional models on the Web, information systems, and distributed management systems. Many of the experiments take place in the context of education, as this is where the net finds ready applicability, and it is most widely available for experimentation by researchers and academics. Contributors to this conference also consider the emerging web culture, and the new ways of working brought about by the net, taking account of a spectrum of tools and devices, from the simple use of email, to Java applications, to high quality synchronous video. The computer-aided design research community has been considering the issues raised by the current state of the net for many years, and many have been working on the issues of data exchange, representation, human-machine interaction, fast and meaningful data access, the integration of mixed media, collaborative systems, and smart programs. But the new forms of the net seem to have cast these issues in a new light, and rendered their resolution more urgent, or obsolete in some cases. You will find that the authors of these proceedings provide a stimulating contribution to our understanding of design and the net. In total, the proceedings indicate many important areas in need of concerted research effort.

Table of Contents

Working with the web: Networked applications

Common libraries for networked engineering applications. R. Tuttle, B. Regli, G. Little, D.E.R. Clark and J. Corney

The VRML model of the city of Bath V. Bourdakis and A. Day

An integrated traffic information system. T. Preuss and J.-H. Syrbe

Shared information system for urban and architectural design L. Caneparo

Communication in distributed statistical frameworks for historic building documentation: The Abbey of ValmagneR. Warden and G. Vasquez de Velasco

CAD On-line R. D. Coyne and J. Lee Working with the web: Innovation and technology

A method for organising and sharing architectural project information in the WWW S. Ofluoglu and L. N. Kalisperis

.Designing learning environments using java. K. W. Pang and E. A. Edmonds

A web-based design support environment for knowledge discovery and machine learning C. Branki, A. Bridges, A. Wallis and I. Aird

Ways of aiding navigation in VRML worlds. D. Charitos and P. Rutherford

Multilevel representations of architectural designs A. Koutamanis : A network aid for design project management A. Roussel and K. Zreik The web in practice: Education in cyberspace

The tex-mex virtual design studio. G. Vasquez de Velasco and J.J. Trigo

Networked based decision support for building design M. Burry and M. Smithers

Digital design: students communicating experiential spatial qualities in a networked computing environment J.B. Burley, D. Megza and A. Bauer The web in practice: The emerging webculture

HQ video conferencing and its application to the teaching of architecture. M. Lindsay and M. Grant

Sedimented practices of `reading' design descriptions: from paper to screen. C. Tweed

The architect's role in the information age. N. Rossis

Collaborative design by discovery and the web. C. Peng

Method DTN: Design on the net. Y. Reze

A cyberspace in time. P. Szalapaj and J. C. Filho

A virtual monoculture of visual communication. S. Newton and J. Shi

Design, information and the superhighway: roadworks ahead? M. Ramscar and J. Lee

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