Abstract

Design has many meanings and even more interpretations, practical if applied to the built environment, or cultural if applied as a means of cultural expression. This paper looks at the first option, design as a method to improve the built environment by intervention and transformation. Observations in the world of architectural design show that designing the ordinary and planning the design process is alien to the young designer. This paper discusses ways to create this awareness. It first describes design as exploring the possible, yet unexpected future: the expected future does not need to be design anymore (we already know how it will be). In addition it relates design to study and research as well as teaching research and design. Of all design assignments, designing the built environment probably is the most complex of all. The result needs to be coherent on all scale levels, now and in the future. The design directs the construction process, sets the conditions for managing and controlling the resulting built environment, to serve unknown users. The many parties concerned, all with their own interest complete its complexity. This problem is seen and shared by many and many contribute with solutions, from their own background and angle.

Keywords:

ways to study; open building; integral design; lean construction; teaching design

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Nov 17th, 12:00 AM

Designing the Process.

Design has many meanings and even more interpretations, practical if applied to the built environment, or cultural if applied as a means of cultural expression. This paper looks at the first option, design as a method to improve the built environment by intervention and transformation. Observations in the world of architectural design show that designing the ordinary and planning the design process is alien to the young designer. This paper discusses ways to create this awareness. It first describes design as exploring the possible, yet unexpected future: the expected future does not need to be design anymore (we already know how it will be). In addition it relates design to study and research as well as teaching research and design. Of all design assignments, designing the built environment probably is the most complex of all. The result needs to be coherent on all scale levels, now and in the future. The design directs the construction process, sets the conditions for managing and controlling the resulting built environment, to serve unknown users. The many parties concerned, all with their own interest complete its complexity. This problem is seen and shared by many and many contribute with solutions, from their own background and angle.

 

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