The Design Collective: An Emergent Model of Collaboration

By Harpreet (Neena) Mand and Satvir Mand.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Increased urbanisation and the need for sustainability have propelled infrastructure projects to the centre of the public eye. Designs must be aligned with national and local politics, transport planning and transport operators, delivery agencies and consultants, stakeholders and contractors. To achieve timely delivery of the right product at minimum risk, it is vital that there is collaboration between these divergent agencies. The work undertaken for the concept design stage of a new mass transit system in Sydney was an example of an emergent model of multi-dimensional collaboration being employed to deliver a complex product within the constraints of time, budget and existing infrastructure. This model has subsequently informed the design management of other projects. The new mass transit system required multiple inputs from client, consultant and stakeholder agencies. A collaborative process offered transparency, appropriate expertise, transfer of information, timely decision gateways, efficient productivity and mutual appreciation of the collective goal. These collaborative practices are also inherent in the Japanese construction industry, particularly between the contractor and the architect. The paper will examine the multiple collaborations that went into the design of the Sydney mass transit system, will attempt to define the key processes that have contributed to the success of the project, and will highlight any shortcomings. In conclusion, the paper will examine the collaborative role of collective knowledge—collective responsibility—collective output.

Keywords: Metro, Intervention, Place, Emergent, Collaboration

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.062MB).

Dr. Harpreet (Neena) Mand

Head of Discipline, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Dr. Harpreet (Neena) Mand is currently the Head of Discipline in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. She is also the first year design studio coordinator at the University. Prior to commencing work at Newcastle, Neena taught at Sydney University over a five-year period during her doctoral studies. Neena was awarded her PhD in 2010 with the title, “Constructing Architecture and Interpreting Identity, The Making of Post-colonial Modern Architecture of Japan and India.” Neena has extensive practice experience having worked on variety of projects with prominent practices in Asia and England. Neena’s current research interests include postcolonial and feminist theories, Asian architecture and urbanism, and sustainability and transport infrastructure. In her multiple roles at Newcastle, she is concerned with creating a dialogic space for the local and global practice in the studio.

Satvir Mand

Associate, Cox.com.au, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Satvir Mand graduated from the School of Architecture at Liverpool University in the UK. Satvir is currently an associate at Cox Richardson Architects in Sydney. Prior to joining COX, he worked for Terry Farrell & Partners in London and Kisho Kurokawa Architects + Associates in Tokyo. Satvir has an interest in transportation projects with reference to the issues of movement and connectivity, the inherent complexity of the typology and the collaborative efforts required by the engineers, architects and urban designers. His particular interest is the potential for new or redevelopment of existing stations to be a catalyst for change. Satvir’s recent work includes a number of important infrastructure projects. He was a key member of the architectural team for the SydneyMetro Network Stage 1. His other projects include Kuala Lumpur International Airport, North Sydney Station, Chatswood Transport Interchange, and the NorthWest Rail Link and NorthWest Metro projects in Sydney.