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Arcbazar Support Service
Provided by the integration of Self-Assessment site and VR-Cloud® on a design competition site "Arcbazar"

Released : '16.03.01
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Arcbazar (http://www.arcbazar.com/) is the crowdsourcing website of architectural design competition operated by Arcbazar in Massachusetts. Through Arcbazar, a client would allow designers in the world to compete for the project. FORUM8 has entered into a business alliance agreement with Arcbazar and has started "Arcbazar Support Service". In this service, FORUM8 itself will be a client and hold competitions in Arcbazar, and will assist projects and design competitions.

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Design Competition Website "Arcbazar"
"Arcbazar" is the crowdsourcing website for architectural design. This service allows clients worldwide to launch an architectural design competition open to everyone all over the world.
  • Clients first upload basic information of the competition and then decide the schedule and reward of it.
  • Designers can apply for all competitions open on the Arcbazar website.
  • Designers can upload their own design by the deadline date.
  • After the deadline, client decides the top 3 winning bids, and the award money would be distributed accordingly by Arcbazar.
  • The period of competition is determined by client. Usually, projects requiring the basic design skill take one week, and difficult or large projects may take three months.

From the client's point of view, Arcbazar provides more design proposals at reasonable price than before. On the other hand, designers specialized in architecture, interior design, gardening, etc. can participate in the competitions of their choice regardless of their experience.
Currently, there have been a total of more than 5,000 projects and more than 15,000 designers registered. The projects span across several areas such as renovation, gardening, interior design, home design, and commercial or public building designs. In addition to the client's choices, designers can also receive review scores via public voting that affects their standing in the community. Arcbazar is an excellent marketplace that brilliantly combines the power of crowdsourcing and social networking.  

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▲ Competition now underway ▲ Data of registered
designers and projects
 ▲ Competitions in the fields of renovation,
interior design, gardening, new home design,
commercial and public building

Case study
As a 30th anniversary business, we have constructed a company dormitory in Takanawa, Tokyo. It is open within the company via VR-Cloud® after conducting BIM/CIM simulations such as landscape, sunshine, wind, energy, seismic, immersion, and fire evacuation. We also applied the design competition on cloud by Arcbazar to it. One 4LDK room, six studio rooms, and a basement common lounge are provided for the employees. Completion date: August 31, 2017.

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Support Service by Arcbazar+ProjectVR
ProjectVR is an add-on project to integrate FORUM 8 technologies into the existing Arcbazar system to enhance its usability and to promote information symmetry, such as providing sustainability evaluation to assist in the client's decision making.
To fulfill these objectives, we have integrated our Online Simple Self-Assessment Support website and our VR-Cloud® technologies to allow 3D VR simulation over the cloud, and efficiently support consensus building between different stakeholders. 

Simple Self-Assessment Support website
Simple self-assessment (evaluation of impact on environment) by utilizing VR. Solar panel reflection simulation, sunshine simulation, and green view rate calculation can be conducted. Clients can add assessment to their competitions and use it for the standard when evaluating submitted projects.

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Assessment plug-in option
The Simple Self-Assessment web site
used for assisting in environmental checks
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Workflow of Arcbazar Support Service
From the point on, Project VR will make effective use of Arcbazar as a platform to further popularize it.
Precisely, FORUM 8 will continue to use Project VR to assist in competitive projects, and Arcbazar users are also given the option to register with and access the Simple Self-Assessment website and 3D VR Simulation Services.


Clients would draft a project plan and publish it on Arcbazar, with specifications and requirements such as: purpose of project, current situation, number of rooms, undesired design themes, submission deadline, award money, etc. 
Project VR will provide 3D model generation by converting from real-world photographs and also provide modeling of the surrounding environments.

All questions and clarifications from the designers are posted onto the Public Wall (a discussion board) on Arcbazar. Clients would answer accordingly and also provide any updates to the situation. 
The Self-Assessments, the uploading of 3D VR data, or the 3D modelling services will be implemented in this phase. 
With this, a client could provide better and more accurate design concerns through a prior analysis with the Self-Assessment service, as well as evaluate the proposals with the same methods. 
Client or sponsor would decide the top 3 winning bids, and the award money would be distributed accordingly. 
As previously mentioned, the Self-Assessment and VR data should serve as excellent judgmental references in the final decision making. 
Arcbazar also allow Public Vote of submitted projects that is independent of the client's final decision. The endorsed projects, even if not won, would result in ranking points for the designers, which is tallied and arranged into a leaderboard for future project references. 

After the competition, the project is stored in the site and available for public viewing. The purpose of which is to serve as a reference and assist (both new and old) clients in future project plans and the selection of designers. To designers, this is where their designed projects can be stored and should benefit them in their future career progression. 
All past projects are stored in a service called Arcfolio. We plan to convert a portion of these projects into 3D data and introducing more vivid and interactive viewing of projects through VR-Cloud®. 
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