As the winner of a 2006 Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) prize, Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity wished to create a community that actively embraces open source design to generate innovative and sustainable living standards for all. Hot Studio and Sun Microsystems were asked to make that wish come true.

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Collaborating from different continents
A Web-based application of this scale requires deep analysis and definition, and the design and technology to back it up. Participating designers had to have the capability to post their projects, review other projects, contribute to shared resources, and access project management tools.

In practical terms, we were making it as easy as possible for an architect in Chicago to team up with an engineer in Bangkok so they could design a house for a family living on the coast of Thailand. This Web-based system had to launch in less than a year.

Open to the possibilities
The new site—the Open Architecture Network—connects design professionals across the globe. It was unveiled at the 2007 TED conference (well within deadline). Within just a few weeks of its debut more than 2,000 designers joined OAN, uploading more than 200 projects. With Sun Microsystems’ help, we fulfilled Cameron Sinclair’s TED wish.

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