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Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing, International Conference on (2006)
University of California, Berkeley, California USA
Jan. 26, 2006 to Jan. 27, 2006
ISBN: 0-7695-2563-6
pp: 150-159
Constanze Langer , designafairs, Germany
Andreas Raab , impara GmbH, Germany
Christine Strothotte , Institute of Industrial Design, Germany
Carola Zwick , Institute of Industrial Design, Germany
We present the Greenhouse, a new concept for a studio-like metaphor supporting content creation within Croquet (Smith et al. 2003). The Greenhouse is a scalable working environment enabling people to either carry out their work in private or share their progress with a community of users. The metaphor of a greenhouse is ideally suited to build upon since it is known as a shelter for the young and innocent. In the process of creation, new ideas need similar protection, here represented by semi-transparent walls: they serve as an almost invisible barrier between private and public space and can be dynamically adjusted, thereby enabling both active and passive participation in the work process. The greenhouse as a 3D object within the 3D world allows to structure infinite virtual space. By creating a greenhouse the user becomes the "landlord" of this virtual property and may define appropriate "house rules" for this subset of space including what and with whom to share both process and the results of the work
Space exploration, Collaborative work, User interfaces, Privacy, Protection, Art, Intellectual property, Organizing, Navigation, Humans

C. Langer, A. Raab, C. Strothotte and C. Zwick, "Wouldn't you like to have your own studio in Croquet?," 2006 4th International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing(C5), Berkeley, CA, 2008, pp. 150-159.
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