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for all your building materials, timber and sheet


Linda Janssen
Sabrina Doornekamp
Jelmar van Voorst
Aishwarya Babu

Commissioner: STIHO


Stiho is a supplier of construction, wood and plate materials. Costumers of Stiho are construction companies active in building, renovation and the development of small new building projects. Craftsmanship and knowledge about product and application modes are disappearing rapidly in the Dutch construction industry. Ageing is the main reason for this development. The loss of knowledge and skills is already causing problems in maintaining the quality of project in this industry. The question is how these skills and knowledge can be preserved and circulated to future generations through digital storytelling? The target group that Stiho wants to reach consists of construction companies active in building, renovation and the development of small new building projects. The media application that has to be developed must make this knowledge accessible to craftsmen at the ‘Stiho-building square’ (together with the Giebels formula) and at building locations.

Getting things done – prototype and presentation

On Tuesday we had our prototype presentation at the STIHO bouwplein for Bruno and Simone. Simone is the learning and development advisor at STIHO and was therefore interested in what the app can offer towards educational purposes. We showed the first design of the app using the working Axure wire-frames. From discussion after our presentation we realised that we didn’t lay enough emphasis on STIHO’s role. We learnt that we need to focus more on the archive and on the possibility of contacting people from STIHO.

Brian , our developer was at MediaLAB on Friday to show us the first screens he made.

We used the inputs from our presentation at STIHO as suggested changes for our designs which we then conveyed to Brian. With Brian we also discussed the creative common license of the code of the app, technical aspects of implementation of the server, the documentation and annotation of the code.

Apart from STIHO, people from the Studio HvA have shown interest in up-scaling this app after our tenure at the MediaLAB. This afternoon we will speak with Gideon about this plan for further development and discuss in what way our concept can be fruitful. Furthermore we shall discuss how we are going to get an enthusiastic team together. You can read more about our meeting with Gideon in our next blogpost.




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