Ivan Redi

Ivan Redi (2015), Transdisciplinary design collaboration - Enabling Innovation in Architectural Practice through Transdisciplinary Collaboration over the Internet, Institute of Architectural Theory, History of Art and Cultural Studies; 1st reviwer: Anselm Wagner, 2nd reviewer: Marcos Novak, 3rd reviewer: Kas Oosterhuis; 214 pages, English.

This dissertation contains information on new approaches to creative transdisciplinary design collaboration in complex, knowledge-based networked environments – most notably in architectural praxis, and the novel software instruments that make such approaches possible. Recently, design procedures have changed because of a significant rise in the amount of data. Consequently, knowledge-based environments have manifested in social phenomena like the Open Source movement, the bottom-up approach, the transparency of multiple-authorship, user-driven innovations and the “form follows feedback” principle. This development has called for novel software instruments that enable designers to harness the vast complexity of collaborative networked settings without losing their own point of view. The focus of the thesis is on one such instrument called A.N.D.I. – A New Digital Instrument for creative networked collaboration, which we introduced in 2004. This software tool enables improved management of emerging relational networks by enabling productive interaction within our practice, ORTLOS. These interactions include online expert communities from various domains (“connected intelligence”) that are committed to a specific project goal despite the possibility of an uncertain outcome. Here, we will use a practice-oriented approach rather than a theoretical one. The methods and strategies associated with transdisciplinary collaboration are universally applicable. In other words, architecture is not the only discipline that will benefit from these methods.

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