Starting today, we have a new Studio Wikitecture project!  We’re going to be entering another Open Architecture Network design competition, Safe Trestles.

The Challenge

Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu man-made paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.

The challenge seeks to create innovative visions for a path leading to Trestles that:

    • Provides safe access between the drop-off point, the railroad, and the beach.
    • Restores and protects the coastal wetlands that have been damaged by foot traffic.
    • Provides opportunities for view points and education.
    • Provides solutions for accessibility, including ADA compliant facilities.

The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the beach, restore wetlands that have been damaged by the path, preserve and augment vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the coastal environment.

See the full design brief on the Open Archtecture Network web site.


OAN has designed the competition in two phases, followed by a design contract for the winning competition entry.  The deadline for the first phase is April 17, so it will have to be a faster, more intense, process than any of our previous projects.  Up to 5 designs will be chosen for the second phase; which is scheduled to end  August 17.  The winning design group will then be awarded a contract to work with the multitude of stakeholders to review and refine the design.

The first thing we need to do is to locate a site for the Wiki Tree. While the current Open Source implementation of the Wiki Tree supports an unlimited number of trees at the same time, there is still a restriction to one tree per region.  So we need to find some space in a region that doesn’t already have an  active Wiki tree project.  If you can provide that space, or know of someone whom we might contact, please IM Omei Turnbull or Keystone Bouchard.


We are in the semi-final round for developing a Master Plan for Treet TV, and would really appreciate your votes to help determine which designs we should focus further development on during this final iteration phase.  Read more about the project challenge here:

During our most recent feedback meeting with Treet, there were some concerns expressed around the feasibility of several concepts, and though they don’t have a specific budget in mind for executing the design, they were concerned that some of the designs would be prohibitively expensive or complex to actually build.  They also provided some specific areas they wanted to see focus on, as expressed in this post:

Keep in mind that the only two designs submitted since we learned of Treet’s feedback are the top two designs shown.  You are free to vote for previous designs if you feel very strongly that they should be considered, but keep in mind that they don’t necessarily accommodate the feedback we’ve received since they were submitted.

How to Vote:

To vote, you can simply log into to using your full avatar name, (First, Last) and the password you obtained in Second Life by clicking the very base of the tree at the Tropical Treet sim.  Once you’re logged in, click ‘All Designs’ on the very top of the screen, and you’ll see every design that has been submitted.  You can cast a total of 3 positive, and 3 negative votes – and you can spread those votes out across 3 different design if you like, or cast all 3 on one design if you really like it.  If you cast more than 3, the first vote you cast will be removed


Thanks to everyone who submitted designs during the first round of development on Treet TV’s master plan!  As usual, the Studio Wikitecture team came up with some amazing and creative ideas, and it gave Treet TV a lot to think about!  As with many planning projects, the goals and objectives were not very clear in the beginning – but the Wikitecture process was very effective in helping flesh out a wide variety of different ideas.


Go to the following site for more information on each design: (you’ll need to be logged in first)

With these proposals, we were able to gather some invaluable feedback and reactions from Treet TV’s management team, and have included that feedback below.

We will keep design development open until November 17th, at which time we will invite everyone to cast their votes to determine the most popular designs.  We will also meet with Treet TV’s management team again, and based on their feedback and the voting results, we will choose 2 designs that are most promising.

We will then work on refining and combining those top designs for 2 more weeks, ending December 1st.

With a final voting round, we will then have arrived at a final design proposal, and will spend 1 final week polishing that design – finishing the project on December 8th.

We will then hold a final, public presentation of the concept to Treet TV sometime during the 2nd week of December.

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  We can be reached at info @

If you haven’t had a chance to submit any ideas yet – now is the time!  With fresh feedback, and a more clear sense of Treet’s objectives, this is an ideal time to jump in and offer up some ideas!  Anyone is welcome to join and contribute!

Here is the feedback from Treet TV:

When looking at a design, here are some of the questions that are good to ask.   None of these are requirements, but all are the kinds of things that we will look for.

  • Where are the common areas?  And where are the areas that are available to be occupied by new tenants and for new uses?
  • The areas “available” need to be attractive and inviting so people understand that they are ready to be occupied.  What design elements encourage people to be attracted to areas available to build?
  • Where will visitors land for orientation?
  • Each island has a telehub.  Will each island have a visitor orientation space?  Or, will each island telehub be a “mini orientation space” that leads them somewhere else?
  • Where are areas suitable for the “special purposes” listed below?
  • Are there areas of “sacred ground” that people know are never going to be developed, but are public and open so people can gather and enjoy themselves?
  • If somebody wants temporary studio space, where is the most likely place?
  • If a visitor tour were to be developed, what would be the main attractions?
  • Does the design incorporate water in a way that avoids the “four postage stamps in the pond” effect?

Some of the “special purposes” we might need to use land for:

  • Merchandising related to shows (perhaps a few shops)
  • Cafe space for meetings
  • Space for a “Treet Exhibition” to invite people to  meet all show producers.  Nice if the exhibition space were outdoors, flea-market style, and could be used for many purposes, yet doesn’t look bad if it’s empty.
  • Concerts
  • Parties
  • VIP gatherings
  • Small “office parks” of two offices MAXIMUM that can be scattered about so that people can have relaxing office space with the flexibility to have offices suit personal taste.

We have some very exciting news to share!

Since 2007, the Wiki tree software development has been funded by Studio Wikitecture and developed by i3D Inc.  We’ve considered  the software development process to be experimental, just as we’ve considered the ongoing Studio Wikitecture projects to be experiments in collaboration using Second Life.


The Studio Wikitecture experiments have had great success — winning the Founders Award in the 2008 Open Architecture Network Challenge and the 2009 Linden Prize.  But how can we build on that momentum?  One thing has become clear — the Wiki Tree software needs to grow in many ways. It needs to be easier to set up and easier to use by project collaborators.  It needs new features to make it useful for a wider range of projects, from the small in-world build to large designs that will be built in the physical world.  It needs better integration with the rest of the Web and with other 3D modeling applications.  The list goes on and on.  And by ourselves, we don’t have the resources to make that happen.

So we’re liberating the Wiki Tree software.  We’re releasing all the code, both in-world and server-side under the Berkeley Software Distribution license.  Omei Turnbull (Roger Wellington-Oguri in RL), a long time Studio Wikitecture contributor, has agreed to shepherd the project, and has set up a project home at  The source code has been uploaded to a SCM Repository and we’re in the process of creating a Wiki, discussion forums, and an issue tracker.

It is our hope that the Open Source Wiki Tree 3D project will take on a life of its own, and grow to be something bigger and better than we can currently conceive of.  But that’s up to you and the rest of the community.  If you do use the Wiki Tree, we hope you will give back to the project in whatever way you can, whether that be helping other users, submitting code enhancements, or just spreading the word.  But that isn’t a requirement.  The BSD License is a “permissive” license, meaning you can do most anything you want with the code, commercial or non-commercial, with or without contributing back to the community project.

Studio Wikitecture itself will be actively engaged in the Open Source Wiki Tree 3D project.  We’ll also be offering project hosting, facilitation, training, technical assistance and support.  If you would like assistance with setting up a Wiki-Tree, hosting a project on the Studio Wikitecture website, or conducting a Wikitecture project, please send us an email at

To the future!

Here are a few progress screenshots of our work to-date on the Treet.TV master plan:

Everyone is welcome to join and contribute, and we need your help!  Everything you need to know – both about Treet.TV’s needs, and how to use the Wiki Tree – can be found on this site:

We meet every Thursday at 6pm SLT, at this SLurl: If you don’t care to submit 3D ideas, you can still be very helpful by casting votes on the website –  If you don’t have a password, click the very base of the Wiki Tree at the SLurl above.  Then use your full avatar name, first and last, with the password the Wiki Tree gives you.  Your votes make a huge difference in helping guide design development, so please take the time to cast a few votes!

Here are a few screenshot highlights:


Studio Wikitecture and the Treet TV community will hosting our weekly meeting tonight, to discuss progress on the current Wikitecture project – the development of an urban ‘master plan’ for Treet Islands.  We will answer questions anyone may have, and demonstrate use of the Wiki Tree for anyone who needs help.

More about the project can be found on the Treet.TV Island Development Wiki here:

The event will be held at the current Wiki Tree site here: If you don’t already have a Second Life account, click ‘Sign Up’ in the upper right corner of this link.

See you there!

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)

For a background on the project please visit:

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!

Tuesday, 11th August at 4pm SLT
We will be doing a tutorial and demonstration describing how to use the Wiki Tree in preparation for the kick-off of the Treet Island development project.  If you can’t make this meeting, don’t worry, we will be filming it and it will be available from the wiki page:
Landmark attached.

Tuesday, 11th August at 4pm SLT

We will be doing a tutorial and demonstration of the Wiki Tree in preparation for the Treet Island development project.  If you can’t make this meeting, don’t worry, Treet will be filming it and it will be available from the wiki page:

See you there!

In our pursuit of exploring the methods behind an open source approach to architectural practice, we have continually wondered – if a project is truly open and contributions can come from anywhere and anyone, can a system be devised that can pay contributors fairly for their contributions?

Like any open project, contributions vary widely in size and in quality, and are in times hard to quantify and hard to parse out who did what and to what extent.  So, how, in this highly collaborative approach, could contributors get paid fairly for their work?

If, in the end, an open and highly collaborative approach produces a final product that is better, cheaper, and quicker to build then the traditional siloed approach to designing and constructing buildings, it seems logical to seek a system whereby all the parties involved can be assured they will be rewarded fairly for their quality efforts.

This is a tremendously complicated problem to solve, if it can be solved at all.  Although we are far from knowing all the answers, we can at least take a rough stab.

The preceding slideshare, is that rough stab.  As you will see, it’s far from polished, but in the spirit of ‘releasing early and releasing often’, I wanted to share what I have so far and would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

In order to facilitate a more effective way of hearing community feedback around this idea, we have set up an ‘Ideascale’ site…


Greetings team Wikitecture!

We are pleased to announce an exciting new Wikitecture project, in collalboration with the entertainment network Treet TV (formerly SLCN), to design a master plan and architectural framework for their virtual headquarters.  With 200,000 unique viewers per month, this is sure to be a great way to raise awareness, and introduce new contributors to the Wikitecture process.  Better yet, Treet TV will be producing a high definition mini-series documentary following Studio Wikitecture in these formative days, for release in early 2010.

Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime – here is a press release announcing the project.  Feel free to spread the word!

San Francisco, CA (July 05, 2009) – Winners of the inaugural Linden Prize, Studio Wikitecture, have formed a partnership with Second Life’s leading virtual television network Treet TV to create a collaborative building environment for bringing new life to Treet’s studio islands. The innovative Wiki Tree collaborative approach will be used to implement improvements to the aesthetics of the space and to foster community involvement.

“Studio Wikitecture’s groundbreaking community-driven system for the selection of designs and ideas fits perfectly with the Treet TV mission.  Our network is built by us and our producers as a cooperative effort, and the idea of extending that effort into the design of the spaces we share is exciting new territory.”, says Gary Wisniewski (Wiz Nordberg in SL) CEO of Treet TV.

Studio Wikitecture founder, Jon Brouchoud (Keystone Bouchard in SL), says the project presents challenges that will be a great test of the the wikitecture collaborative approach. “We are are thrilled to have been invited by Treet TV to help design a master plan and an architectural framework for their islands. The fact that there is already an active and vibrant community using the islands means it’s going to be a lot of fun to develop according to the wishes of a large group of stakeholders..”

Brouchoud and Wisniewski expect the development to extend and compliment the existing synergy between the several popular shows that are filmed on the Treet TV islands including Tonight Live, Designing Worlds and Fabulous Fashion.

The development process is set to begin immediately and proposed elements will be open for review by late July.  As work progresses, Treet TV plans to create a documentary about the process and its outcome for release early in 2010.

About Treet TV
Treet TV is an entertainment network that serves virtual worlds viewers and producers. Established in March 2007, Treet TV uses a collaborative production model which has resulted in more than 3000 hours of broadcast quality content, all targeting the emerging phenomenon of virtual living. Shows are broadcast live to audiences inworld on Treet TV enabled television screens, as well as live onto the world wide web. Large scale live events in the past include the Transformers press event, Philip Rosedale SL6B Opening Ceremony and the Best Practices in Education conference.

About Studio Wikitecture
Studio Wikitecture is a collaborative design group that enables public participation in design projects through voting, commenting, or uploading their own ideas to a ‘3D Wiki,’ technology they developed.

In June, 2009, their award winning technology and process won Architecture for Humanity’s overall ‘Founder’s Award’ in the Open Architecture Challenge to design a medical clinic in Nepal.  In May of 2009, they also won the inaugural $10,000 USD Linden Prize for  “demonstrating how individuals and organizations are using Second Life to improve the overall human condition.”

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