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Tom Worthington With Tom Worthington FACS, Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, Australian National University

The Smart Apartment, 12 November 2001

What is needed for an Internet connected home office or "smart apartment"? This was set as a design studio project for second semester 2001 at the Department of Science and Design, University of Canberra. A prize for the best design was awared to Ian Douglas on 8th November 2001 at the End of Year Exhibition for the Interior Design Students of the University of Canberra.

Birdseye View Lower Floor Workstations

The winning design will be tested using The Wedge a three dimensional visualization system at the Department of Computer Science, Australian National University. This will allow a virtual walkthrough of the design.

Another example of an Internet enabled home, is the Sydney Ihome. It has a next connected fridge, plasma TV wall screens and remote Internet control of appliances. However, these are very expensive for a practical home. Technologies, such as Transact's high speed network, provide the potential for affordable useful services.

The students brief was to re-fit a hypothetical apartment in a building designed by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. However, Tom Worthington will be fitting out a real home office in O'connor in December.

Home Office Perspective - open

Acknowledgments

Proposal for studying Unite d'habitation and description of it by Mr Ross Anderson, Associate Lecturer, Architecture and Building, Department of Science and Design, University of Canberra

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