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id 2006_098
authors Parthenios, Panagiotis
year 2006
title Critical points for change - A vital mechanism for enhancing the conceptual design process
source Communicating Space(s) [24th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-5-9] Volos (Greece) 6-9 September 2006, pp. 98-105
summary The Conceptual design is not a linear process; it consists of sub-processes, levels of refinement, which are individual but interact with each other. Each level of refinement corresponds to the types of media and tools used during conceptual design. Architects take advantage of a broad palette of tools and media for design, because each tool has its own strengths and weaknesses and provides an additional value—an added level of vision—to the architect. This closely relates to the notion of Critical Points for Change (CPC) a contribution this study makes towards a better understanding of the uniqueness of the conceptual design process. CPC are crucial moments when the architect suddenly becomes able to “see” something which drives him to go back and either alter his idea and refine it or reject it and pursue a new one. They are crucial parts of the design process because they are a vital mechanism for enhancing design. This characteristic of the nature of the conceptual design process is independent of the tools. Nevertheless, the right tools play an extremely important role. The distinctive capabilities of each tool allow the architect to deal successfully with CPC and overcome the points in the design process where he or she feels “stuck.”
keywords Conceptual design; design process; tool; design ability; computational support
series eCAADe
email pparthen@gsd.harvard.edu
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100%; open Gero, J.S., Chase, S., Rosenman, M. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Association for Computer Aided Architectural Research , CAADRIA2001 : preprints of the 6th Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia ; [held at the] University of Sydney, NSW, Australia 19-21 April 2001, Key of Design Computing and Cognition, University of Sydney NSW, Australia
100%; open Parthenios, P. (2005) Find in CUMINCAD Conceptual Design Tools for Architects , Harvard Design School, Cambridge, MA

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