TAP textendash The Architectural Playground: A C++ Framework for Scalable Distributed Collaborative Architectural Virtual Environments


Architecture is built information [1].Architects have the task of restructuring and translating information into buildable designs.The beginning of the design process, where the briefing is transformed into an idea, is a crucial phase in the design process. It is where the architect makes decisions that influence the rest of the design development process [2]. It is at this stage where most information is unstructured but has to be integrated into a broad context.This is where TAP is positioned textendash to support the architect in finding solutions through the creation of spatially structured information sets without impairing creative development.We want to enrich the inspiration of an architect with a new kind of information design. A further aspect is workflow in a distributed process where the architecttextquoterights work becomes one aspect of a decentralised working pattern.The software supports collaborative work with models, sketches and text messages within a uniform environment.The representations of the various media are connected and combined with each other and the user is free to combine them according to his or her needs.

International Journal of Architectural Computing
Hartmut Seichter
Professor of Computer Graphics