Under Strategised Design Decisions

By Rhodri Windsor Liscombe.

Published by The Design Collection

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The disruptions in architectural design development typify the significance of unexpected and apparently less pressing factors in reaching comprehensive solution. The impact of constraints and reverse salients have been extensively studied through an array of empirical and theoretical analytics. Less examined are what might be termed the superficially trivial and/or utilitarian problems encountered in course of moving through the mediated processes of conceptual to practical and comprehensive design solution. The importance of such minor difficulties in the revision of initial and advanced design strategy is examined with respect to a multi-purpose public building erected at Kamloops, a regional centre in British Columbia in Canada. Opened in 1998, the Thompson-Nicola District Regional Building was designed by the Vancouver-based architect Peter Cardew in a Modernist architectural idiom frankly revealing structure, plan and new materials. Besides the government offices, Cardew and his assistants had to include a seperate public library and an art gallery. The final layout, external composition and formal appearance will be shown to result as much from apparently insignificant issues such as the placement of bearing columns in the underground parkade and public lavatories as by formal and aesthetic objectives.

Keywords: Design Process, Constraint in Design Development, Architectural Practice

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.43-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.513MB).

Dr. Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Professor and Head, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Unviersity of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, F.S.A. is Head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art he previously taught at London and McGill Universities. His major publications include William Wilkins 1778-1839 (Cambridge, 1980) – revisited in The Age of Wilkins. The Architecture of Improvement (with David Watkin, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 2000) - Francis Rattenbury and British Columbia: Architecture and Challenge in the Imperial Age, (with A. Barrett, UBC, 1983), “Altogether American”: Robert Mills Architect and Engineer (Oxford, 1994) and “The New Spirit”. Modern Architecture in Vancouver 1938-1963 (Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1997; recipient of the Vancouver Book Prize. Current projects include research on intersections between Modern Movement design and late British imperial policy, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, together with research on the relocation of the aesthetic in mechanical technology during the late modern period, the relationship between theory and practice in 20th century town planning and the current role of advertising in fabricating urban identity.

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