Monday, 23 May 2011

The Design Route Map or The Chicken and Egg Scenario

As readers of this blog will be aware I have been promoting the idea, widely accepted but not often followed, that the design brief of learning spaces should be informed by a range of stakeholders prior to the design beginning.

In this post I want to be devil's advocate and test this proposal and, hopefully, for readers to comment on.

In his book 'How Designers Think, Fourth Edition', Bryan Lawson says in relation to route maps of the design process  'Knowing that design consists of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation linked in an iterative cycle will no more enable you to design than knowing the movements of breaststroke will prevent you from sinking......You will just have to put it together yourself'.

I wonder if having an 'open brief' could, in the right circumstances, allow for more creativity.

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