Competing in Architecture. Crowdsourcing as a Research Tool

  • Clare Newton Associate Professor of Learning Environments, Director of the Bachelor of Environments The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Sarah Backhouse Architect, Research Associate The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Keywords: Crowdsourcing, architectural competitions, multidisciplinary designs, prefabrication for schools, competitions as research

Abstract

Architectural competitions are powerful strategies for generating visual ideas for new futures. Academic research generates new knowledge based on rigorous investigations of informed propositions. This paper describes an unusual merging of a research process with a competition process using crowdsourcing to leverage knowledge. The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the pre-eminent funding body of academic research for universities across Australia. In 2010 a multidisciplinary academic team, with twelve industry partners including six education departments, successfully sought ARC research funding.  The application proposed an unprecedented strategy to include an open Ideas Competition in the middle year of a three-year research program as a form of crowdsourcing to leverage knowledge between academia and industry. The research project, entitled Future Proofing Schools, was focused on Australia’s relocatable school buildings.

Published
2013-12-20
How to Cite
Newton, C., & Backhouse, S. (2013). Competing in Architecture. Crowdsourcing as a Research Tool. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 6(4). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.746