Designing Through The Use Of Shape

Starting the design process on a project often varies. Sometimes i just seem to know how it will fall into place, other times i will work up option after option until i am satisfied with the end result and occasionally as was with the Bullarto Project it all false into place after all the documentation has been finalised. While i don't enjoy re-documenting an entire project these few instances are well worth the effort in order to achieve the correct outcome, however on all occasions regardless of the design outcome i will always start with a bunch of unscaled and odd looking rectangular or circular modules which may or may not overlap. this simple "concept mapping" as i like to call it can quickly push you towards an outcome you may not have considered initially and is an efficient and effective way of throwing up multiple options in short time without too much detail and therefore less chance that your design resolutions will be pinned to one main concept. Concept mapping can be used at any design or documentation stage and is not limited to any particular scale or firm form of resolution, it is simply shapes and notes thrown down on a blank page or over the top of a concept in order to resolve the design outcome. Obviously this simple form of conceptual design is not much more than boxes or circles and generally not something that would be presented to a client and once a design is forming the shape and layout i desire i will move from the concept mapping phase into a more refined design concept that is then presented to the client.

This early design process of "concept mapping" has been invaluable for me through my university studies and is something i have used on every presentation class assignment i have worked on to this stage. Most recently i am hoping to apply this thought process to the final assessment for the BAS120 - Technology Of Design class in which we are to present a completed street-scape re-design of our local street in which we are to demolish and rebuild or renovate existing homes in order to reduce the building footprint to 40m2 per person living in the homes. The way in which this design process is to be applied will be through the use of "concept mapping" rough layouts from which i will then be able to extrude proposed street elevations of each new home/unit that will then form the final street-scape submission for the assessment. It will make the initial conceptual design phase of this project a much more time efficient process along with allowing me to re-use the initial concept mappings from the first unit design and replicate them with variances as i move the sites down the street to create my floor plates from which the street-scape will evolve into the presentation form they will need to be.