Ryan Schultz
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I’m a RL architect that has been over the last couple years interested in exploring the feasibility of applying an Open Source paradigm to the design and production of both real and virtual architecture and urban planning.

I have, through the ‘Studio Wikitecture’ group, been conducting ‘Wikitecture’ experiments within Second Life to tease out the procedures and protocols necessary (if even possible) to harness the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ in designing architecture.
In much the same way Wikipedia enables a loose, self-organizing network of contributors to collaborate on content creation, the Studio Wikitecture group has been using these projects to work out the manner by which a group of geographical disperse individuals can come together to share ideas, edit the contributions of others, and to vote on the success or failure of proposed design iterations.

To this end, for our third project we teamed up with the software designers, i3dnow, and developed a unique inworld interface and accompanying website. The ‘Wiki-Tree’ as we call it, acts as a version tracking system that works very much like a conventional Wiki, but instead of tracking text documents in a linear history as you see in Wikipedia, the ‘Wiki-Tree’ tracks versions of 3-dimensional models and saves them within a continually evolving 3-dimensional digital tree ‘canopy’. Along with version tracking of the various designs, the interface allows members to vote and leave comments around the evolving designs.

Here’s a quick video, giving a broad overview of how the inworld ‘Wiki-Tree’ works.


The 3rd project, of which we were just awarded the overall ‘Founder’s Award’ and ‘3rd Place’ , was centered around a competition hosted by the Open Architecture Network. Since the Network’s mission is about open sourcing architecture for humanitarian purposes, we thought it would be a good opportunity to submit an entry for this competition, composed in the same collaborative and open fashion they are known for. The competition was to design a Tele-Medicine Facility for a community in Western Nepal.

This Video gives a quick timelapse of how the project evolved over time.

These are the final boards we submitted for the competition.



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At 7:54 on February 15, 2010, Christina Yan Zhang said…
Hi Ryan,

How are you? I am very interested in the wikitecture project you mentioned here. Do you think it might be convenient to have a chat in SL if convenient. When are you free?

Many thanks and all the best,
Christina
At 19:51 on August 25, 2008, Martin Brown said…
Ryan, welcome to be2camp. Thanks for picking up the invite to join us and contribute. Following on from the email exchange it would be great to get a link from sl into be2camp at London.

Looking foward to your contributions.
 
 
 


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