Posted by Paul Malo on June 27, 2002 at 08:41:10:
In Reply to: whats the diff. of Research goal and Design goal? posted by blueICE on June 27, 2002 at 02:39:59:
The design goal, of course, is to design a building of architectural quality, evidencing the basic attributes of "firmness, commodity, and delight" (constructural soundess, practical utility, and aesthetic value).
The research goal: to prepare what we call the "program" and the British call the "brief" for the project. This defines the problem to be solved to the degree that you can begin designing without continuing to be diverted onto different courses because new considerations emerge. Ideally, the program would actually have stated the course or direction for the desgin.
This is what is happening to the WTC project at the moment. As mentioned in a recent post, a team is preparing the program. This is of concern to many because the program itself will determine the course of the design. In other words, it prioritizes the issues. For example, predetermining the the original pattern of streets will be restored is itself a major design decision, but that decision is being made in the programming phase.