Reclaiming a Virtual Sense of Place

By Mehran Madani, Jacob Williams and Ghida Kharfan.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 4, 2017 $US5.00

With the latest developments in digital technology, new design software has changed the way that designers are able to visualize the built environment effectively. Designers no longer have to practice the traditional drawing methods where it was difficult to actualize the design work. By using design technology, designers don’t need to rely on technical or descriptive drawing skills because the illustration process is broadly placed at the fingertips of skilled digital artists. Today, designers have more tools to easily express their ideas and powerfully to transfer them to clients. This significant progress has shifted the design profession to a whole new horizon, where designers of the built environment are able to incorporate their ideas and concepts into a virtual representation and to display the projects’ essence. However, this development in the design software still leaves a barrier between the designer and the client. Therefore, the approach is how designers are able to come up with new, effective representation methods where the client has more opportunities to interact during the design process and digital representation to understand the virtual/spatial sense of place.

Keywords: Space, Place, Placelessness, Sense of Place, Virtual Place, Virtual Sense of Place

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 4, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 572.697KB)).

Mehran Madani

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Jacob Williams

Senior Architectural Illustrator, Kilograph Architectural Visualization, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ghida Kharfan

Research Assistant and the Vice President of the Society of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon