With a large team consensus would be difficult to achieve, so the 3d warehouse could be used to vote on design choices. (Potential problems with this are that the warehouse votes would not be confidential, that people not involved in the effort could vote, and that competitors could pick up ideas.) Even with these potential problems I think the warehouse, because of its transparency and openness, is the best option for sharing models.
Discussion of design questions could occur here or on some other Web 2.0 set up just for this purpose.
YouTube or Google Video could be used to share exported animations of models.
The approach to this contest would be to work from the broad to the specific, with models shared and voted upon at every step. The steps would be something like the following:
1. Site plan, infrastructure, general concepts
2. Massing ... sizes and locations of buildings
3. Buildings for specific locations
5. Vehicles (examples)
6. Interiors (examples)
How would it all be put together? We would need a group in one of the presentation cities that could -in the alloted 3 hours- put together the display and talk about the plan.
I'm an educator so I'm always looking at process as well as product. The real potential here is not so much what might be produced by a collaborative effort (although that could be interesting), but the experience of working collaboratively via the Internet and Web 2.0 tools. #channel #city #collaborative #contest #future #history