The future of architecture is multiplayer

The future of architecture is multiplayer

A few years ago, MVRDV launched a system to involve the inhabitants of Hamburg in an urban rejuvenation plan. The Grasbrook Maker was designed as a multi-user interactive platform to democratize design. The architects set up the design framework in which the participants could place the public buildings.

Collecting input from multiple stakeholders is fundamental to the architecture. In fact, architecture is one of the most collaborative disciplines in the world. Every project, from a residence to an urban master plan, involves a team of clients, architects, engineers, contractors, financiers and many more.

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Today, the need for collaboration in architecture goes far beyond coordinating construction drawings. We need tools that support cooperation at every stage of design. Additionally, the shift towards remote and hybrid working poses the need for a digital solution.

But how do you translate the simplicity of tabletop design reviews into a digital environment? Can remote communication be as effective as posting ideas on a whiteboard? Or as fluid as if a colleague were sitting next to you?

The answer is a resounding yes

Design practices are increasingly looking to better connect their teams. Some companies have adopted multiplayer tools from the world of application design to speed up decision making. Of course, this does not correspond to discussions of an actual 3D model.

That’s why Snaptrude created a multi-user collaborative 3D design platform. Created with feedback from architectural teams around the world, Snaptrude is all about teams working together.

On Snaptrude’s shared 3D canvas, you can just point at something and ask your teammates what they think. You can design and test options together on shared models. With intuitive tools, you feel like you’re discussing ideas around a table.

It essentially acts like a three-dimensional whiteboard with your model in the center. Think the Matrix meets the Metaverse! Draw a wall or change its material, and it immediately reflects on your team’s screens. Then get instant feedback from your colleagues with feedback tools.

As one Snaptrude user put it, “This is collaboration on a level we’ve never seen before.”

“Bluebeam in 3D”

The initial design is iterative on several media: paper, digital tools, emails, etc. Snaptrude lets you keep all your design information in one place. You can import 3D models from Revit, Rhino or SketchUp, and even PDF files, AutoCAD drawings, sketches and diagrams.

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Then share it like Google Docs. Invite team members or clients with controlled access. Editors can make changes to the design while viewers can navigate the model, view project data, and add comments. Large organizations can even centrally manage templates, templates, and libraries in shared workspaces.

Collaboration in the model trumps file sharing

Tight deadlines, multidisciplinary work and the remoteness of team members made it imperative to have a single up-to-date source of truth. A Snaptrude model is constantly updated with all the changes made by collaborators. Since no file syncing or merging is required, design changes from each stakeholder are immediately reflected on your screen.

For example, when an architect reduces the footprint of a building, the landscape designer immediately knows that the green space needs to be expanded. Yet another team member may detail a unit plan, while the project manager may wish to review the latest schedule and area costs – all in the same template.

Get actionable feedback instantly

Focus on design reviews using the Brainstorm tool. It streams your Snaptrude screen, allowing your team to follow you through the model. Colored cursors identify team members in the session, acting as “numerical indexes” guiding you through someone’s thought process. You can guide clients through your design or add external consultants to quickly define project requirements.

Integrating feedback into the design environment speeds up the design process. For example, when a customer-facing project manager annotates a model, the design team is immediately alerted to take action. You can respond to comments, resolve them, and track comment history, centralizing your team’s communication.

Unified design environment for teams

Snaptrude lets you break down silos in the early stages of design. It energizes design delivery by bringing your team together. Centralized data, real-time model updates, feedback, and brainstorming tools streamline communication. With Snaptrude, architects can, for the first time, design simultaneously on the same model, on the web.

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Snaptrude is free to try! Sign up or book a demo to see how Snaptrude can help your team design better together.

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