Co-Design Community

Cong Liu
Rong Peng

The project suggests a digital interactive platform for discussion of sharing space and facilities in collective housing design. It enables more people to participate in the design process and provides a flexible way to shape their future living community.

As the demand for collective housing risis, the adaptation of old residential buildings and the construction of new neighborhoods becomes necessary. Collective housing projects are implemented in several places, for example, Wagnis Art in Munich. But many residents do not have time to join the meeting, and sometimes it is hard to discuss with a large number of people but only limited material. The shoebox model is not ideal for analyzing and reviewing during the following architectural design process.
So we have the idea to create a digital discussion platform, which is more flexible and more easily storable. Our application is trying to be intuitive and easy. We use boxes and surface layers to represent facilities that people would like to share in their community. Users just need to drag it around and express their preferences with each other by using game operators. Each box or surface contains necessary information such as area, cost, and capacity. Firstly, people need to select a “room”-box, from the category of facilities. Then users drag this box to the map and interact with other people by four basic operators. The first two are like and dislike functions. For each user, there are limited times to like or dislike a box. There is a timer for each box. If, for example, in 10 min no one operates with this box or more people dislike it, the element will disappear automatically. The other two operations are to add and remove weight from an object. The gravity system in the game is deciding the location of a box. The heavier an object is, the more difficult it becomes to drag it on the map. If the weight reaches the upper limit, for example, 200 kg, the box cannot be moved any more. Similar to the like/dislike-function, users have a limited amount of weight, which they can add or remove.
At the end of this co-design process, besides the form on the virtual map, a statistic report is generated. It presents several types of information, such as average rent, the sizes of the apartments, facility area ratio. This illustration summarizes the digital co-design session and makes it possible to hand the results over to an organization or to architects to bring this collective housing project into reality.

München 2020
München 2020
Co-Design Tool
München 2020