Garner, Steven and Mann, Phebe
Interdisciplinarity: Perceptions of the value of computer supported collaborative work in design for the built environment.
Automation in Construction, 12(5),
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Design for the built environment is probably the most multidisciplinary practice in all of the design professions. Now, more than ever before, architects, civil engineers, builders, services engineers, quantity surveyors, landscape architects and interior architects are required to work with a very high level of integration – especially at the concept design stage. A number of pressures, including those to reduce lead time, to reduce costs, to reduce defects, to lower environmental impact and to increase client satisfaction are acting to transform the collaboration between these professions. This paper presents research into two aspects of this phenomenon, namely, the progression from multidisciplinary working (MW) to interdisciplinary working (IW) within conceptual design for the built environment and the influence of computer supported collaborative working (CSCW) in this.
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