Managing the Brief for Better Design by Alastair Blyth, John Worthington

By Alastair Blyth, John Worthington

In response to large learn, this booklet bargains an figuring out of the briefing method and its value to the equipped setting. The assurance extends past new construct masking briefing for providers and fit-outs. ready by way of an skilled and renowned crew of authors, the booklet basically explains how vital the briefing method is to either the development offering good designed structures and to their consumers achieve them. The textual content is illustrated by means of 5 very good examples of potent perform, drawn from DEGW event.

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Project stage At the project stage the aim is to test the key questions asked in the Strategic Brief and translate these needs from the organisational terms of the Strategic Brief into construction terms. This is done through interviews, surveys and by considering design options which are used to test possibilities. It is carried out by the project team supported by expert advisers. Post-project stage At post-project stage the need and expectations are verified and tested against the completed project.

4 Reflecting on growth and change Briefing for change It is often argued that in today’s world the one trend we can predict with certainty is change. We live in a world where the speed of change is increasing exponentially with product life cycles measured in months rather than years. To place change in the context of the last thousand years of civilisation, four phases of economic development can be identified with the time between each dramatically reducing. The pre-industrial agricultural economy lasted for over 2000 years.

Do not tempt them into ‘wish lists’, as this will inflate expectations and inevitably lead to disappointment later. At the post-project stage, questions can be factual, and respondents will be able to relate them to their own experiences of the facility in use. Studies into the use of space and time A thorough understanding of how space is being used through time provides invaluable data for reappraising methods of work and assessing how space could be used more effectively. The initial expectation that additional space is required may be refuted by a more in-depth analysis of work processes, which may show how technology or more effective timetabling of space and time could allow for the more intensive use of existing space.

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