The DMM project under Center for Multimedia is among other things focusing on multimedia support for
distributed collaboration in companies and educational set-tings. A LEGO Futura project was studied in
1998 as a case of distributed industrial design. This project revealed a number of challenges in supporting
distributed workgroups working with a mixture of physical and digital material. The Lego de-signers were
working with combinations of email, fax, paper drawings, CAD, video, foam, plastic and other materials;
and they were distributed over 4 different sites world wide. It was necessary to develop new tools and
new ways of working to accomplish design around the clock where the different groups took
over and contin-ued working on the common project in a different time zone in a different place. The DMM
project explores technological and organizational solutions for handling these challenges through the
notion of a virtual project room.
- Lego (ended 1999).
- The Danish Technical University
Since Lego left the project, virtual project room idea has been
elaborated together with architects/designers from the EU project
DESARTE, architects from the Aarhus School of Architecture as well
as designers from a couple of small design studios in Århus.
To develop software infrastructures and a Virtual Project Room demonstrator
supporting distributed design collaboration utilizing computer support
for heterogeneous materials supplemented with Mediaspace based communication.
To combine the basic open hypermedia, collaborative VR and mediaspace
software in a collaboration supporting physical and net based set-up
of a virtual project room. The Virtual Project Room demonstrator
is being built in the Interactive Workspace lab.
- Running Virtual Project Room demonstrator
- Prototypes of general open hypermedia, collaborative VR and
- Theoretical papers published in international conferences and
- Kaj Grønbæk
- Jannie Friis-Kristensen
- Michael Bang Nielsen
- Peter Ørbæk
This project is completed.