A Web App to Transform Architectural Practice

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Web 2.0 technologies have brought about operational revolutions in numerous industries, and it’s about time the built environment got in on the act. Enter StickyWorld – an online collaboration tool for the built environment and creative industries with ambitions to do just that.

StickyWorld is a place for sharing and receiving feedback on visual content. Geared around the concept of a ‘room’, users upload images, PDFs, youtube videos, and 3D models, inviting feedback from project stakeholders or creating public ‘rooms’ where anyone can comment. Feedback is tagged to a specific point on the visual content in the form of a familiar ‘stickynote’.

Customisable privacy settings mean StickyWorld can be used for private team meetings where in addition to the stickynotes, conversations can occur in real-time chat boxes. If even in a digital format your team meetings descend into un-democratic chaos, a simple vote function can clarify some debates.

This web app introduces an effortless way to visually demonstrate project progress and receive feedback in context if you find yourself collaborating with someone outside of your postcode. No more sending PDFs via email and receiving feedback exclusively in text form – by pinning comments to specific points on both 2D and 3D content, confusion about the context of feedback is minimised.

Looking for some broader feedback than just project stakeholders? Projects can be made fully public, turning stickyrooms into publicly accesible online exhibition spaces. This feature has been utilised by countless organisations, including the London Festival of Architecture in 2010 and the University of East London, who will be using StickyWorld to hold their virtual end-of-year show this Summer.

Despite having potential for any kind of creative practice, StickyWorld has been predominantly used by built environment professionals to date, with the ability to upload 3D architectural models and comment on 360 degree panoramic photography being an obvious factor in this. However, with the newest release of StickyWorld introducing embeddable rooms to its vast array of features, the appeal could soon broaden. As simple as embedding a youtube video, any website can now host an interactive stickyroom. Check out the example below, which features a panoramic tour of a sustainable build refurbishment:

The built environment professions might be a bit slow in adopting web 2.0 technologies, but could that be because no tool has proved useful enough to date? StickyWorld has clear potential for creative practice, taking the best of web 2.0 functionality and traditional collaboration methods and turning it into a transformative web tool.