Design -- General
How do you start a project and design a building?
Would any one here, architects, students, designers like to share how to start an architectural project and work flow?
After contextual studies, some people might start a project from putting grids, while some might start with spaces, design from the inside or technical aspects, some prefer to design from the outside, start off with form then to details and so on...

As for myself,
1. I start with some writing, texts,and a lot of sketches which include rough spaces, site, and put them together to work out with some ideas and concept

2. Simple computer modeling and massing to visualize form, spaces and relation with site

3. Lay structural grids, columns, beams etc.

4. Get whole building's 3d modeling done and continue to modify something
J Lim
How do you start a project and design a building?
You might have a look at "Oscars" approach, with his 102 years of age he has to say something (to all of us):

"I feel that I have found a more efficient way to develop my projects, and I'm only too pleased to explain it.

Architecture is a very personal matter. Each architect develops it in a different way. Of Course, it is a complex subject, and team work is important, but in my view only in the development phase of the project.

To find the desired solution, one that is logical and unique, the architect needs to work alone. For me, each architect should have his or her own architecture.

I do not believe in an ideal architecture, one that is irreplaceable, but I do think there is such thing as good or bad architecture. I like Le Cobusier just as I like Mies, Picasso just as Matisse, Machado de Assis just as Eça de Queiroz.

In architecture I follow my own intuition. I do what I like, and not what others would like me to do. For that reason, I would never criticize my architecture colleagues.

I'have spent my live on the drawing board, but - I'll say it over and over - live is more important than architecture. That's why I tell youths that it is not enough for them to have been graduated as excellent architects. They should leave school also as people who have read a great deal and who are acquainted with the wretchedness of the world, thus knowing how to take a stand against such a state of affairs.

Hence my proposal to incorporate lectures on History, Philosophy, Literature, Cosmology, and so on, in the university, curricula, including that of architectural schools. For the sake of consistency, in my firm we all have weekly Philosophy and Cosmology classes.

We absolutely need to look at the sky and feel how insignificant we are - the offspring of nature, just as the animals of the earth, the sky and the oceans.

According to my work method, as outlined above, I'm the only architect in my firm. Alone in my office, I study undisturbed the projects that crop up. And this quiet seclusion, allows me better carry out my tasks as an architect, with enough time to slowly think them through. It's during these times that I find the answers I want. My hand... well, my hand is just a vehicle for transferring the solution onto paper.

My job is to find the architectural answer. Once I come up with one, I draw it and begin to write an explanatory text. And if on reading the text my arguments seem to be frail, I go back to the drawing board. That's how I test my ideas.

Once I've defined and drawn a solution (plans, cutaways, and so forth), I send my work to the architecture firms which are to develop it, keeping in close touch with me.

In this way, I have time for other activities, such as reading, seeing my friends... Together, having set work aside, my friends and I laugh and dream a bit, aware as we are of the frailty of things and of our small lives....."
Ben Huser
How do you start a project and design a building?
J Lim, Depends what sort of mood I am in, because I have drawn designs from the contextual / environmental point of view and on the other hand I have used abstract bubbles for the spaces.

Bubbles for the spaces are useful in the sense that the arrangement of (both 2D and 3D) bubbles to match the design requirements allows the form of the design to evolve naturally.

Bubble spaces can be easily changed in size and position and allow flexibility of design.
Frank John Snelling


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