Design -- General
What is Contextual Design?
I understand buildings should "fit in" but what is meant by this?
Dean Mcnulty
What is Contextual Design?
Dean, Contextual design is simply the design of buildings which are similar to, but not the same, as the existing buildings which surround a site.

A good example of contextual design is the way in which buildings from a period (ie Georgian, Edwardian, 1930s Modern, (mainly Art Deco), all look similar, but are in fact often quite different in the arrangement of masses and spaces and the design of detail.

In other words, buildings from any one period are "themed" as in `variations on a theme` rather than stereotypes.

I should enter a `caveat emptor` (Let the buyer beware), because all too many designers and architects think it is okay to imitate the style without having analysed and conpcetualised all of the design elements and so design ugly adhoc pieces of "kitsch".
Frank John Snelling
What is Contextual Design?
Oops! I forgot the Victorian period which evolved naturally into the `turn of the century` (1900s) Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America and into the various forms of Art Nouveau in Continental Europe.

But, much of the feeling for the aesthetic of Art Nouveau died in the machine-made, mass-produced, mud, blood and horror of the First World War and was replaced by the clinically-clean abstractions of of Art Deco, almost as though Art Nouveau was blamed for causing World War One, or at least was seen as being guilty by association and thus best forgotten along with the horror.
Frank John Snelling
What is Contextual Design?
with referance to use and surrounding.
Dushyant Nathwani


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