Hi all! I’m involved in a project where we are exploring collaborative architecture/urban planning from the perspective of disagreement. We are currently looking for researchers and architects to potentially collaborate with.
The project is called Skiljelinjer, Swedish for “Lines of Demarcation”, or “Dividing Lines”, and is based around a digital drawing tool for creating collaborative design. Each user can contribute with additions of their own, and these additions are subsequently voted on by all users. Only designs who are controversial, as in having a certain amount of both votes for and votes against, are saved and included in the final design. Sort of like combining a collaborative version of SketchUp with reddit’s sort-by-controversial function.
We have received funding for building the app and to do several different tests with different communities on different sites. We hope to get some interesting learnings on the potential possibilities of using disagreement as a deciding factor in a collaborative process.
We in the team behind it are all artists, so we believe its important to involve a researcher early on to not make any rookie mistakes that hamper potential learnings down the line. We are also applying for more funding to produce a series of seminars and a handbook from the project.
Do you know anyone who might be interested in this kind of research?