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Language as design tool: An empirical and design perspective in the field of architecture and planning

Those who design the built environment confront complex framing conditions. Social, economic, environmental, legal and other demands and requirements are widely differentiated. Spatial design disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning have to recognize and consider this complexity and its consequences for the design process. The task at hand also requires the application of a differentiated repertoire of tools, which enables an adequate treatment of the various tasks.

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In this article, light will be shed on both the role of language in space-related design and on design-process-related qualities of language and how they can be made applicable for design work. ‘Language’ here refers to the written and spoken forms, not to visual modes of expression such as a symbolic language. We are not putting aside the traditional tool kit based on sketching or drawing. Rather, in order to be able to develop adequate results under challenging conditions, it becomes necessary to expand the kit and scrutinize further tools and their potential.

Autor Doris Gstach, Marc Kirschbaum
titel Language as design tool: An empirical and design perspective in the field of architecture and planning
Zeitschrift Architectural Science Review
Jahr 2016
Seiten 1-9
Sprache Englisch