Are you dying out of Ideas?

Friday, September 16, 2005

Ideas comes mainly through analysis.
We observe the site, the surroundings, the climate, everything and anything that can possibly provide clues or even constrains that later can be transformed into ideas and character of that particular building.
Every type of building has it's own character; hotel are suppose to deal with customers which focuses more with rooms, efficiency and lobby spaces; stadiums are mainly focusing on human circulation, view studies and building structure, houses and residential bungalows are more on individual understanding towards living and taste where you can explore a bit more; retail and shopping mall are typical spaces with ventilation and light going throuhout the buying circulation path inplemented with signages and icons. High rise residential are more towards building efficiency with simple, functional layout incollaborating with everyday's living.
Therefore, after understanding the character of the building, look at the others' work. Do case study. A simple way is just by modification or even combination of forms and ideas. I agrees that forms follow functions. An old yet useful term.
We can use whatever form we want, but it should incorporate with functions. It is to what I am believing now.
After the planning process and simple 3d form study and sketches, we then go ahead in detailing the plans, elevations. Sometimes, modeling helps alot.
It depends again on the initial environment or clue that we have or what we have studied.
Design is simple. Strong concept comes with rationality. Less is more, forms follow functions. I still lives in old theories. Why? Because it works in the developing countries. Only the rich can afford 'expansive ideas'.

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