Design -- General
How do you design?
Do you consider your designs as:-

(a) Solids to be hollowed out?
(b) Voids to be encompassed?

In other words, do you design inwardly or do you design outwardly?

For myself, I believe either option can be used, provided that only one or the other is used as the overall design strategy. Mixing strategies together leads to confusion, not design.
Frank John Snelling
How do you design?
Make a bubble diagram that works with the site and your design concept, the create the space. It could be working with subtraction or addition, that's up to the designer. But the above is what I've been taught.
Ronit Malekan
How do you design?

Thanks:) Your question gave me something different to think about, it clicked for a particular project I am working on now to think about it like a sculpture. Solid instead of void this time:))
Zainab Nakshabandi
How do you design?

Hmm, bubble architecture? Think of the solid matter between the bubbles as well.

Zainab, Thank you for reading me.
To put forward another analogy: imagine your design as a sponge; either develop your design using the bubbles within the sponge or develop using the sponge itself.
Frank John Snelling
How do you design?
Hello Frank,

Since you have mentioned solids-voids-design, I think you are talking of architectural design.

I think that architectural design is aimed at solving a practical problem. Every project is a research in itself...the beauty of architecture is that you can adopt any path or method to arrive at a solution. And hence you learn throughout your life.

But, the confusion you have identified is a major one. The design process is not structured...there is no set rule. Thus, adoption of multiple strategies may be dangerous.

However, I think, the two options you have given may be applied to different problems and both are logical in different contexts. There is no single solution to an architectural problem as the two paths would lead to different solutions. Both may be logical but one must be better than the other if we have tools to judge/rank them.

I think that it is time that architects develop a rational-exhaustive program/method to judge design solutions.

You have only mentioned two ways of designing...there may be more...and I think that the solutions reached by each must be evaluated correctly for arriving at the best possible result.
Sandip Chakrabarti
How do you design?

Thank you for reading. :)))
The design options I put forward are the design strategies of opposites. Either design inwards (from a boundary surrounding space) or design outwards (from a point in space).

Similarly, use a solid to carve out a design, or use a void to construct a design.

Some people feel natural designing in solids and some feel natural designing in spaces. Therefore every individual interested in design needs to exercise and use these design strategies before making a personal life choice.

The design process is a system and works like a system. If a person does not understand that the design process is a system, designing then becomes haphazard and arbitary non-design.

Learning how to analyse architecture and design creates the ability to appreciate aesthetic design. With this conceptual appreciation of aesthestic design, then learning how to synthesis architecture and design is easier.

What I wrote to start this topic is "the tip of the iceberg" I believe there should be more emphasis upon the learning and exercising of design principles (such as above) than random nondesign which is fascinatingly complex only because (a) no principles being used or (b) the principles are so mixed up as to be unrecognisable.
Frank John Snelling
How do you design?
Frank, I guess it's your own philosophy whether to consider design is to create space within masses or if you believe that space is there and we should just contain space with certain masses that reform the right atmosphere.

Personally, I think space is a result or an interpretation to masses, that means you create masses that contains space, and eventually the shape of your masses shapes your space and gives it the atmosphere you aim for. A pretty good example of dealing with space is Villa Savoye. Hope I came to the point.
Khaled Sedki
How do you design?
Arriving at a strong concept is my way of designing, because I think that once you have a concept, every aspect of design falls into place!
Vishalakshi Subedar
How do you design?

There are two issues at work with designing. (a) the principles of the design process and (b) the design process as practiced by a designer.

From what I have absorbed, most theories of design tend to be absolute and idealised stereotypes and miss the point that the principles of design must cover all options.

Therefore the duty of all schools of architecture should be to teach the principles of architecture as well as their own particular design viewpoint. But, many people do not even want to consider that there are "principles of design" and even more horrifying, that these principles are teachable.

Please note: The design principles of "solids / voids" and "inwards / outwards" are neutral and logical and therefore do not show or represent my own design viewpoint. As I said earlier, these are options and so either one or the other will be more comfortable for a designer when creating a specific design style or a specific design.
Frank John Snelling


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