BUILD-IT TEACHING NETWORK:
A collective design, planning and communication platform
A Cross-Departmental Network for the Innovative
Integration of New Technologies into Academic Teaching. Project management:
Prof. Maia Engeli, Architecture + CAAD (CAAD)
Projekt partners: Center for
Product Development (ZPE),
the Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology (IfAP),
and the Institute of Hygiene and Applied Physiology (IHA)
at ETH Zurich.
Chair of Architecture and CAAD (Prof. Maia Engeli et al.), Chair of
Architecture and Urban Design (Prof. Franz Oswald et al.), Chair of
Architecture and Design (Prof. Adrian Meyer et al.), Chair of
Architecture and Construction (Prof. Andrea Deplazes et al.),
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Group (Prof. Gerd Folkers et al.), Center for
Product Development (Prof. Markus Meier et al.), Chair of Computer
Science for Manufacturing (Prof. Veronika Hrdliczka et al).
Financing:FILEP, ETH Zurich, 1999-2000.
main goal of the Build-It TN was to encourage professors to creatively
explore and integrate new technologies into their teaching. Via a
cross-departmental network, innovative learning scenarios were
developed, using the Build-It System in disciplines as diverse as
Architectural Design, Urban Planning, Applied Biosciences,
Mechanical Engineering and Industrial
Management and Manufacturing.
Build-It is a design, planning and presentation system that allows for
simultaneous computer-mediated teamwork and for intuitive ways of
human-computer interaction. A virtual 3D scene is projected onto a
vertical screen and simultaneously onto a table, where the interaction
among the users and with the computer takes place. Interaction handlers
are up to 30 tangible physical bricks, with which users can
simultaneously select and manipulate virtual elements. Each change of
the common work is immediately visible. In a highly interactive process
many compositions can be generated and analyzed.
In the development of the Build-It scenarios, a
shared webbased environment enhanced and
sustained the communication and information exchange among the
professors, the students and the project team, allowing
multidisciplinary relationships to take place.
An in-depth evaluation accompanied the development of the network, the
feasibility and quality of the scenarios, the usability of the
Build-it system and the online environment. Inspired from a broad
palette of ideas, the Build-It TN facilitated synergies and the exchange
of knowledge between different disciplines. New fields of use for
Build-It as well as new strategies for the effective and sustainable
integration of novel technologies into the curriculum were gained.
Development of protoforms and transformation via scaling, copying,
morphing, distorting and so on. Group work: Delaminated Field.
Scenario Architectural Design:
Design of an abstract spatial composition.
Group work: Dreambox.
3D generation and analysis of Molecular Interaction.
and Process Engineering:
Planning of a layout for a
in a given factory.
Management and Manufacturing:
in production and logistics.
Scenario Urban-architectural Design:
Form generation and evaluation for a
fictitious and substantial extensions of the Zurichberg-Ensemble (ETH,
University and Hospital) with emphasis on its silhouette.
Build-It TN Online Platform:
Hoeger, Kerstin. Build-It Interface Scenarios. In:
Interface Theory, Anomalie 3, Paris, June 2003
Hoeger, Kerstin, Marcia Pereira. Build-It Creative. In:
Architecture Yearbook. ETH Zürich, 2002
Höger, Kerstin. Build-It Competition: Collaborative Design
with New Interface Technologies. In: Engeli, M. (ed.),
bits and spaces: Architecture and Computing for the Virtual,
Physical, Hybrid Realm; 33 Projects by Architecture and CAAD ETH
Zurich. Birkhäuser: Basel, Boston, Berlin, 2001
Lauche, Kristina, Kerstin Höger. Collective Design - Exploring
New Interface Technologies. In Proc.: ICED 01 – 13th
International Conference on Engineering Design. Glasgow, 2001
FILEP, Final Presentation, ETH Zürich, July 2001
NET 2001, Teaching with New Media, ETH Zurich, November 2001