An ecology of design coordination: multidisciplinarity as a way of working

Luck, Rachael and Ewart, Ian (2011). An ecology of design coordination: multidisciplinarity as a way of working. In: CIB W96 Architectural Management in the Digital Arena, 13-14 Oct 2011, Vienna, Austria.



At a point in time when technologies for remote and asynchronous forms of collaboration are pervasive, being able to justify the time, space and places for co-located working becomes increasingly important. This artiele provides an account of a way of working in a multidisciplinary design practice where the setting, the routine yet ordered practices, and a series of design meeting events were seen to feature in the organisation of the design work. In this account, the notion of the design meeting as an event category is questioned, as different forms of design meeting staged for different purposes were observed. In various ways the inter-disciplinary inputs to the design of a project were coordinated and this was seen to happen in a series of workplace interactions and practices that were part of the ecology of a multidisciplinary design organisation. Collectively, these situated observations support multidisciplinarity as a location-based way of working in a real-time synchronous manner.

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