ITcon Vol. 13, pg. 660-673,

Emerging technologies in a tele-collaborative design studio between the Pennsylvania State University and Carleton University

submitted:January 2008
revised:October 2008
published:December 2008
editor(s):Messner J
authors:Katsuhiko Muramoto, Associate professor,
Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Michael Jemtrud, Associate Professor
School of Architecture, McGill University

Sonali Kumar
Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Bimal Balakrishnan
Department of Architectural Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia

Danielle Wiley
School of Architecture, Carleton University
summary:The research project investigates the use of a network-enabled platform (NEP) involving a combination of technologies that include: high bandwidth network infrastructure; high-performance visualization and computer cluster solutions; standard and high definition tele-presence/communication infrastructure; co-located immersive environments; and a range of modeling and imaging applications. The NEP enabled student teams in multiple locations to collaborate via on-demand, synchronous access to project data, visualization, modeling, simulation and multimodal interpersonal communication tools through a web service based dashboard interface that hid the logistic and technical complexities to the user. As a preliminary report on a proof-of-concept design studio conducted during the spring semester of 2007 between the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) at Carleton University in Ottawa and the Immersive Environment Laboratory (IEL) at Pennsylvania State University, the paper first describes the implementation of this network-centric collaborative design platform. The report articulates the “staging” of the conditions of possibility for a dynamic interplay between technological mediation and the reality of making, then compares the use of high bandwidth technology with customized symmetrical toolsets in the tele-collaborative educational environment, versus commercial toolsets deployed over moderate bandwidth connections. In each setting, the collaborative environment is assessed according to issues encountered by students and design outcomes. The effectiveness of the digitally mediated collaborative studio is also gauged in terms of student reaction to the learning process via feedback surveys and questionnaires.
keywords:design, collaboration, tele-presence, visualization, broadband
full text: (PDF file, 0.561 MB)
citation:Muramoto K, Jemtrud M, Kumar S, Balakrishnan B, Wiley D (2008). Emerging technologies in a tele-collaborative design studio between the Pennsylvania State University and Carleton University, ITcon Vol. 13, Special issue Virtual and Augmented Reality in Design and Construction, pg. 660-673,