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By: Cameron Sinclair

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 18:08:04 +0000

I'm pretty thick skinned so you'll have to do a lot worse than that to offend me. It would have been better to have done a joint presentation and yes perhaps more focus on all the hidden functionality (that we are yet to role out). I'm not sure everything in technology needs to be ground braking, but sometimes it gets interesting when a previously 'ground braking app' is adapted to respond to a different need. The flickr-like notation tool for CAD drawings is one and the soon to arrive 'adapt a project' is another. There is more to come, so stay tuned. and if it isn't arriving quick enough, lend a hand Cheers Cameron ps. You can heckle me in 2nd life on Tuesday (10am pst) as I try to explain this all to John Gage.

By: jivers

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 01:42:05 +0000

Well, this is great. The first comment, and already I've managed to offend a TED prize winner - see Anyway, I went back and listened to James Baty's talk (starts at 52:25 in the audio), and then spent some time on The filter I am applying is, "Did the content of the session break new ground as it relates to Web 2.0?" The filter has nothing to do with whether the presentation supports a good cause (in this case, it seems an incredible cause), commercial versus non-commercial, how new the site is, etc. Just, is this about Web 2.0? So, applying that filter to this presentation: -- The AFH subject matter, which Baty spent a lot of time on, seems perfect for TED (evidently it was), but less well suited to Web 2.0. "Design like you give a damn" is a concept you'd get a lot of support for at the conference, but to me still seems not directly a Web 2.0 topic. -- At a meta-level, the whole idea of sharing architectural designs on a Creative Commons license does strike me as "Web 2.0 groundbreaking" and worthy of discussion at the conference. -- Although the website does incorporate many Web 2.0 principles, the site itself doesn't strike me as groundbreaking. Except perhaps in the sense that "this Web 2.0 stuff can be applied for good causes, too" ... point taken ... -- Having a Sun guy present and spend (even a little) time flashing pictures of Sun servers and talking about server specs rubbed me the wrong way, at least a little. Offset by the fact that Baty seems to be a good guy and was investing his time to promote a good cause. Anyway, upon further review, I think I'm changing my mind, 51% for, 49% against ;-) -- Jack

By: Cameron Sinclair

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:45:47 +0000

So why shouldn't have the Open Architecture Network been presented at the Web 2.0 conference? Do Web 2.0 site have to be profit-focused or purely technology driven? Given the role of Agile Technologies plays in pushing for open source practices it seems strange that you don't find the role of using open process for developing scalable models of innovative structures (for those most in need) as relevant. The Web 2.0 revolution isn't only about creating new mechanisms of wealth for those in the developed world but also to create a complex solutions-based system to respond to impending needs. Admittedly the OAN is very new, less than a month old, and only around 4K people have signed up to share and collaborate on projects. But it is the first time something this ambitious has been undertaken. This is not just another social network site, but on that engages building and design professional for the sole mission of improving living standards. Most importantly on that, in time, will be focused on the housing needs of the next 1 billion people who will go online. Beyond creating a platform to allow designers from around the world to collaborate, as new functions roll out, it will begin to introduce wiki-pedia like resources on everything from materials, construction techniques to construction codes. The ideas is to allow those on the ground to create a benchmark for designing for the other 98% (less than 2% of all new residential buildings in the US use an architect). The difference between the OAN and most new Web 2.0 ventures is that this network was built not after rounds of VC funding, but by those who took time out of their schedule and just went out there and did it. Will it survive, I don't know. But for now it's out there and around the world communities are uploading, sharing and the most key point of all, building solutions. Cheers, Cameron