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Can we win this thing?!? We’ve done it before, and we could do it again, but we need your help, and it isn’t too late to be sure your name is on the contributing team list!

We’re now in the final lap, and need to quickly pull together our final presentation – due on Saturday, April 17th!

If you haven’t had time to contribute yet, it isn’t too late! There are still lots of ways you can help out. If you don’t know how to use the Wiki Tree, not a problem! That part of the design process is behind us now, and we’ve set up some simplified ways to gather your input and ideas. We need your help now more than ever, so please don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and help us win this thing!

There are three primary efforts underway that we need your help with.

FIRST FOCUS AREA: CONCEPT GRAPHICS FOR PRESENTATION BOARD

First, we would like to invite you to contribute and vote on graphic layouts for our final poster board. We’re using Ideascale.com, which allows you to vote and contribute easily through their website. Here’s the link: http://studiowikitecture.ideascale.com/a/panel.do?id=4700

We will use this site to brainstorm the overall graphic concept and layout of the ‘Presentation Board’ portion of our entry. The concept we develop will then be used as a theme, or guideline for organizing the other required graphics. The ideascale can be someone flaky, so if you get stuck, try posting on our ning site for help.  Here’s what the competition organizers ask for, specifically:

“Presentation Board @ 24″x36″ Landscape format(REQUIRED) – The presentation board should clearly display the entrant’s approach. The organizers will use this image as the primary board to display in exhibitions, publications and in community meeting in the field. This board MUST be the first image to appear in the slideshow.”

I uploaded a sample concept that you should see on the Ideascale site (linked above) – called ‘Initial Concept Idea’. You should be able to vote for or against it (and any other ideas contributed)- even without logging in. If you care to submit a concept of your own, you’ll need to set up an account, then click ‘New Idea’. There, you will be able to name and describe your idea. After creating the idea, you can then upload an images or file of your design concept. Please upload your layered construction file as well (.psd, etc.) so other contributors can build from or modify your idea.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE CONTRIBUTED BY THE END OF THE DAY, MONDAY, APRIL 12th!!!

Everyone will have until end of the day Tuesday, April 13th to cast their votes. With that, we hope to have a relatively clear sense of which conceptual approach is most popular, and will go about developing the final presentation board and other graphics with it.

SECOND FOCUS AREA: MODEL POLISHING AND PRODUCTION TASKS

Another area we need help with is in polishing the final model and completing some of the remaining tasks required to help complete the entry. The Wiki Tree has been disabled, and we now have the ‘final’ model sitting in its appropriate position on the site on the ‘2nd Live’ sim. On that model, you will see ‘hovertext’ throughout the model, indicating parts of the model that need work. Please feel free to take up any of those tasks and help make this model look great!

We also have a spreadsheet with most of the remaining work to be done itemized and available for volunteers to sign up and take responsibility for each area that needs to be done. You can access that spreadsheet here. http://spreadsheets0.google.com/ccc?key=tNAETzOPmdR66uC0rChpADw&hl=en

…and by all means, if you see a task that needs completing, please add it to the list. The document should be modifiable by anyone, with or without logging in.

THIRD FOCUS AREA: TEXT WRITING AND EDITING

Finally, we need text to help describe this project. We will probably need someone familiar with the project to boil down all of the main points, principles, observations, or big ideas we came up with along the way (reading the comments on the voting site and ning site will help with that).

However, once that has been boiled down, anyone with good writing skills can help refine and revise the text and polish it into final form.

If this is an area you would like to help with, please check out the document available here:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddqzdng9_263fc3w67h4 …again, accessible by anyone.

That’s it! Again – we need your help now more than ever, so please consider jumping in and helping out in any way possible – even if only casting votes on the various concept entries on Ideascale.

Please don’t hesitate to IM Keystone Bouchard, Theory Shaw or Omei Turnbull with any questions, or email info@studiowikitecture.com

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It’s coming on 2 weeks since our first organizational meeting, and we’ve come a long way. Looking forward, we have 5 weeks before the deadline for submission to OAN. That seems like a good chunk of time, but things can be deceiving. Depending on who has the right skills and available time, we’ll probably need the final week or two just to transfer the final SL design into the RL files required by OAN. So we really only have three or so weeks left to come up with our consensus for the winning design.

I want to emphasize as much as I can that although our final design entry will be entered into a traditional design competition, the process within the Studio Wikitecture group is not structured primarily as a competition. The whole point of Studio Wikitecture is to discover and demonstrate how collaboration among a global cross-section of individuals (non-architects as well as architects) can combine their varied skills to produce a design that is superior to one done by one or two professional architects working in isolation.

What does this mean for the process? We certainly need people to submit their original ideas to the Wiki Tree, as many have and I hope more will. But just as important is for all the group members to consider those designs, discuss them, and then offer feedback, be it positive of negative. The quickest way to offer feedback is by voting. If you see a design that has something you like, click on its leaf in the Wiki tree to make it active (if it isn’t already) and then click on either of the thumbs-up prims near the top of the trunk. If you see a design you don’t like, click on the thumbs-down prim. Don’t wait; start doing that now. These votes are not expected to be your final opinion. As design refinement progresses, you’ll vote for or against other leaves. Each person only gets 3 positive and 3 negative active votes, so once you have reached 3, your oldest vote will get removed when you cast a new one.

Voting is quick, but by itself it can be ambiguous. When you vote for a design, you’re not saying that you think it is perfect for submission. What is it you like about it? Is it the grand concept? The sensitivity to the environment? The builder’s skills in presenting their ideas? Are there things you would like to see changed? Without augmenting your vote with comments, it is impossible for the submitter, or others, to know what aspects caused you to vote, and to take that into account in the next design iteration.

And then there is contributing by creating and submitting a design to the tree. Here, please don’t feel constrained to the submission of “original” work. If you have the building skills, the best way to give feedback on someone else’s design is to take a copy, modify it and submit it back to the tree. This is not plagiarism, it is an integral part of the collaborative design process. For some, this is a hard concept to get comfortable with. But think of how Wikipedia has come to be the greatest encyclopedia the world has ever seen. It would never have become what it is if individuals had each written their own version of an article, and then there was a judging to see which article would become the official one.

In summary, regardless of your particular skills, you can contribute right now. Please do. And don’t forget that we’ll be having a meeting on Monday at 1:00PM at 2nd Live for a synchronous discussion.

The Studio Wikitecture project on the Treet Islands is ready to start it’s dynamic and creative evolution and you are invited to come and celebrate the kick-off.

Day: Thursday 3rd September
Time: 6pm SLT
Location: Treet.TV Wikitecture Project, Tropical Treet (97, 146, 24)  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Treet/126/166/24/

For a background on the project please visit: http://wiki.treet.tv/Treet_TV_Island_Development

We need your help in deciding how the Treet Islands should be designed.  The goal of the project is to come up with a plan by voting and selecting the best ideas.

Wiz and Keystone will be at the event to talk about their goals and hopes for the project.

Although this is the official event, it’s really an informal gathering where we hope people can find out how to get involved, meet others who are working on the project and to share ideas.

Hope to see you there!

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Second Life’s 6th Birthday is getting dangerously close.  We need to have it setup, on the site by Saturday, June 20! We have a lot of good ideas and themes springing to life, but in order to concentrate everyone’s efforts in the next couple days , we could use a concentrated wave of votes from the community!

Whether you submitted a design iteration, or are watching the design unfold, we could use your vote!  You can simply cast your vote on the http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B/.  After logging in, go to http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B/all_designs.php5 to see all the design iterations.  From here you can cast 3 positive and 3 negative votes.

To Register to Vote:

If you do not have a login for http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B/ site, the following steps will get you one.

  1. Login to Second Life.
  2. Join the ‘Studio Wikitecture’ group, if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Teleport to the following link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/architecture/155/43/22/?title=Studio%20Wikitecture%20SL6B%20Project
  4. Once there, ‘touch’ the base of the ‘wiki-tree’ interface (which is the image below), to get the password for the website.
  5. Your Password will be broadcast to you via the Chat Channel.
  6. Now go to the http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B/ site and enter…
    1. login: use your full ‘Second Life’ name. (eg: John Doe)
    2. password: <the password the ‘wiki-tree’ gave you through the chat channel>
  7. Now you can go to http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B/all_designs.php5 to cast your votes!  Thank You.

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We are very excited to announce that Studio Wikitecture won the $10,000 USD  ‘Linden Prize’ for developing an “innovative inworld project that improves the way people work, learn and communicate in their daily lives outside of the virtual world.”

To coincide with Second Life’s birthday celebration this year (SL6B), Tuesday, June 23rd  thru Monday, June 29th,  Studio Wikitecture will have a booth visitors can learn more about process and the community’s last couple projects.

In keeping with the collaborative spirit of Wikitecture, it seems only appropriate to open the design process of the booth itself to the Studio Wikitecture community, so that anyone can contribute and vote on the designs they like most/least.  Since the booth has to be completed by June 23rd, this Wikitecture project will be a quick one!

We have a parcel and a fresh Wiki-tree set up here:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/architecture/155/43/22/?title=Studio%20Wikitecture%20SL6B%20Project

The design challenge is to design a booth that best describes what Studio Wikitecture and the Wiki-Tree is all about.  We have images that could be displayed, such as our final entry in the Open Architecture Challenge, screenshots of past Wikitecture projects, the most recent University of Alabama, and more.  It is up to the community to determine how many images should be displayed, how they should be displayed, and how large those images should be.

The full booth can be no more than 175 prims, and the parcel size is 28 meters by 28 meters.

In addition to this final ‘booth’ installation, we will also have a demonstration version of the Wiki-tree adjacent to the booth at the SL6B parcel so visitors will be able to see how the Wiki-tree works by cycling through designs contributed in the booth design project. In other words, we will work together to design a ‘booth’ for a 28x28m (784 sqm), which will be persistent at the SL6B parcel. We will then place a read-only version of the Wiki-tree next to that parcel to help describe the collaborative process we used to arrive at the final booth design.

To review, here are a few of the basic steps you’ll need to take in order to participate:

1.) Get a Second Life account, by visiting this site: http://secondlife.com/
2.) Download Second Life, http://secondlife.com/support/downloads.php
3.) Open the Second Life application, and enter the username and password you just created

4.) Do the basic tutorial to learn the basics of walking, flying, etc.

5.) When you’re ready, click this link – then click the ‘teleport’ this link will bring up: http://slurl.com/secondlife/architecture/155/43/22/?title=Studio%20Wikitecture%20SL6B%20Project

6.) Find the wiki-tree, and click the very base of that tree. It will give you a password.
7.) Use your full avatar name (first and last), and the password given to you by the tree to log into this site: http://www.studiowikitecture.com/SL6B
8.) You can now review designs that have been submitted so far by either clicking the ‘leaf’ spheres on the Wiki-tree and watching them appear on the site – where you can walk through the ideas. Or, you can review them on the website, along with design descriptions, and discussion, etc.
9.) You can cast a total of 3 positive and 3 negative votes on the designs. Votes can be distributed to several designsn, or all given to 1 design. If you cast more than 3, it replaces the first votes you cast, and so on.
11.) Think of ways you can combine the best of the ideas you’ve shared so far, combined with your own ideas… when you’re reviewing designs at the wiki-tree, you can simply select the designs you like, and ‘Take a Copy’. Then, head to a sandbox to synthesize your contribution!
12.) Remember this is not a competition! Wikitecture is all about collaboration, and sharing ideas. The last thing you should do is work out a final and polished design before submitting it to the tree for others to review. You’ll run the risk of spending too much time on an idea the community might not adopt. The rule of thumb is to share ideas early, and often… this will give the community a chance to provide feedback, and maybe even include your idea in a new hybrid design contribution.
11.) When you’re ready to share your own 3D design idea using the Wiki-tree, just let Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw know, and we will walk you through the process. Otherwise, you can review the tutorial here:http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/how-to
12.) Once your design is submitted, it will automatically create a new place for it on the website. You can change the leaf description, and add any design descriptions or screenshots that will help others understand your design.
13.) Check the site often to see how your design does in the community! Remember to continuously cast your 3 positive and 3 negative votes regularly, so the community can get a sense of what are the best ideas to carry forward!

This project will not include a cash payout, so your time and contributions will be voluntary, but contributors names and a profile image of everyone who contributes will be on display throughout the SL6B festivities.

As always, contact Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw if you have any questions at all!

Good luck!

Congratulations to the Wikitecture group on another job well done!  Our deadline for contributions and voting has passed (thanks to Daruma for reminding everyone to cast their final votes!).

The design that ended up with the most votes is leaf #1228858370, which we will now refine and polish into the final build we will present to the University of Alabama next week. The original seed concept that led to this design describes the core idea best:

“The idea is to blend some of the best ideas contributed so far into an open air classroom structure (Veeyawn) at the ground level, which builds on the existing neo-classical tradition of the existing campus. Hovering above this more formal structure are 5 platforms that can be moved or added on over time, based on the University’s current needs. Faculty would have several pre-designed platform options to choose from, ranging from interactive classrooms (Azwaldo) to natural and landscaped platforms (Daruma) to structures representing the curriculum outline (Zage). Others might be placed totally empty, leaving it up to the students and faculty to customize based on their class content or curriculum. As new technology emerges, new pre-scripted platform modules can easily be added to the mix. They don’t necessarily have to hover over just this parcel, but could be deployed on any of the University’s islands and by any department, or several can be coupled together and be used for research projects, etc. These platforms can remain very flexible, active and dynamic – shifting and changing, visually representing the current status of the virtual campus as it changes over time – while leaving the ground plane as a more consistent, formal and familiar campus and commons area.”

Since contributing this leaf, several of the core ideas suggested in this design have already been carried forward.  For example, the platform emitter technology has been built through Omei’s recent leaf #1229381709.  Also, the options for platform designs have been carried forward nicely through Daruma’s leaf #1231429167

The remaining task is to polish and refine the architectural shell of the ground-level build, and to do any tweaking or polishing that needs to be done with Azwaldo’s interactive classroom concept.  Remember, your effort in polishing and refining the final design will still factor into the final contribution assessment and subsequent payout based on that assessment.  Since Keystone Bouchard and myself (Theory Shaw) are the organizers of this project, we will not be accepting any payout, and will instead re-distribute our assessed payout evenly based on the rest of the group’s participation percentage.

To help organize our collective effort in polishing the final design, we have started a new category in the Forum, that can be accessed here:

http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/forum/c-71102/tasks-for-polishing-the-final-design

This thread will be used to describe the various tasks that will need to be accomplished.  Such tasks include the following:

  • incorporating Daruma’s designs, and any other platform modules into Omei’s or Daruma’s emitter system, and finalizing the layout of a generic platform upon which these platform options will rez
  • We could really use the help of a seasoned Second Life expert builder that can polish the design, minimize prim usage, and develop quality and professional textures for the build wherever appropriate
  • finalizing and polishing Azwaldo’s interactive classroom system
  • Develop any presentation graphics we might need to describe the concept to the University
  • Any additional tasks can be added to the forum as the need arises

And since, we were a little late getting this email out, the final, final deadline will be Friday, January 23rd.

Please IM Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw if you have any questions!  We look forward to wrapping up this project shortly!

Many thanks to Azwaldo Vilotta for sharing this great machinima of our progress so far on the Wikitecture 4.0 project, ‘Re-Inventing the Virtual Classroom’ for the University of Alabama.  Well done!

Thank you for voting!  The following top 3 schematic designs have been voted to move on to the next round of design development and refinement.

Although the following 3 schematic designs will provide the kernel of ideas for the final designs, you are not restricted, in any manner, to use and synergize any other ideas that have been presented to the group thus far; i.e. those ideas discussed either on the Studio Wikitecture all designs page or the wikidot.com forum. Everything is still far game.  And also, just for clarification, the next two stages are open to ‘everyone’ who would like to still participate.

We have only put forth these voting rounds to garner the community’s feedback in order to give you some relative decisions on which to base further design refinement.

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http://www.studiowikitecture.com/UA/open_up.php5?leaf_id=1227202423

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http://www.studiowikitecture.com/UA/open_up.php5?leaf_id=1226768798

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http://www.studiowikitecture.com/UA/open_up.php5?leaf_id=1227037400

The next round, which we are calling the Design Development (DD) round, will last from ‘now’ until December 3rd.  After which, another voting round will take place between the 3rd and 6th of December.

After the 6th we then use the remaining 5 days before the Dec. 11th deadline to refine and polish the final design. Contributors can take the design we’ve chosen as ‘final’ and rebuild or retexture or otherwise polish the final design to make it the highest quality end-product we can collectively achieve.

Again, thanks for voting and have a relaxing Thanksgiving… well, that is, if you celebrate the Turkey Day.

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If you’re in the Chicago area, next Tuesday, December 2nd, stop by the local Pecha Kucha event hosted at Martyr’s Pub where I’ll be presenting the projects and process the Studio Wikitecture group has been working on for the last couple years.  Including, of course, the group’s winning competition entry for the Open Architecture Challenge.  Now, I only have to figure out how to stuff all this into 20 slides at 20 second each!

Hope to see, you there.

Now is your chance to have your voice be heard – but, you have to act fast!  We need EVERYONE in the group to cast their votes on this phase by today! (Monday, the 24th November).  This will help us determine which of the preliminary designs submitted so far we should focus on folding into the next round of design and refinement.

In order to vote, you must be registered (get your password by clicking the base of the wiki-tree at the UA ESPRMC sim with the ‘Studio Wikitecture’ group active) then use your full avatar name and this password to log into this website: http://www.studiowikitecture.com/UA/ We each get a total of 3 positive and 3 negative votes to cast – and we encourage you to use them all up!  You can always re-assign them later.  After Monday, we let everyone know which 3 designs the community has chosen to act as the design seeds for the final round of refinement, and we can all roll up our virtual sleeves and get to work folding these best ideas into a final solution we will present to the University of Alabama!  If you have feedback that can’t be conveyed in a vote or a comment on a particular design, use the Forum – found under the ‘Feedback and FAQ’ button on the website.  As always, direct any questions to Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw.  Thanks for voting.