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Performing a Mini-Brainstorming Session on Architecture, Innovation and Creativity
DESIGNER Editorial.
2016 (English)In: DESIGNER, ISSN 2008-9538, no 12, 65-73 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

In an architectural judgment It is apparent that a mismatch between predicted and exercised conclusions of spatial design process could be recognized specially in the early phase of design; the figure which eventually we call architecture (or built environment) is deep-rooted in the programmatic approach to architectural design or the concepts. In spite of the development of design and documentations of construction arrangements which are normally follow the authorization/legislation organizations formats/templates, the conceptual part as a qualitative/spiritual issue, which is potentially shaping the illustrative/imaginative visual division of built object, seems has been considered as a part of architectural creativity; Traci Matthews (FDOT, 2003) defines process as "a sequence of activities executed by a human or machine, often with the goal of transforming a set of inputs into outputs. A complete description of a process includes naming of the steps within the process and using models of the system in various abstractions". He also adds about method: "A methodology is simply the implementation of a specific process..." Exploration of what –these days- has been calling "architectural concept" and "methods of architectural programming" and the issue of its interrelation to design process and exploration of the conceptual and historical structure that, hopefully, shapes current issues in architectural theories in addition with politics, ideology and, in a general view, the cultural context, whenever we make a revolutionary leap in personal development, scientific theory or any other qualitative or quantum shift of paradigm or framework, that to which subject becomes object for consideration could be considered as our perceptions and evaluations, those things that subject us to themselves, become things we can behold. As psychologist Robert Kegan (1982) has suggested, rather than be held by our perspective, we can hold it and choose our way of thinking. We can thus step back from patterns that bind and keep us in their hold, and instead choose whether to "hold" those ways or other ways. We can either be hold by a thinking pattern or choose to have the pattern. In fact, the space between architectural creativity and a managerial approach to the case of design must be filled with structural process-based components; here the main issue appears, how does this advent happen and how does this understanding occur? Loon (2008) is right when he is talking about computer dominance in architectural offices even in exploration of conceptual design possibilities; it is even overtaking the current methodologies. He believes that "the bridge between the non-cognitive intuitive design process and the ultra- systematic computer as a potential design medium is missing". Nowadays it is not hard to find many types of software which have been designed specifically in order to form generation in architecture; even there are some courses in architectural faculties just for working with form generating computer applications. Special processes like (Building Information Modeling) BIM have been developed just for dealing with building data during its design and construction life cycle. Collier (1995) like many architectural critics/theorists believe that the architecture must be technically/spiritually a value production activity; in the book of "Design, Technology and Development Process" by using a rich and diverse range of examples from different countries, cultures and historical periods, he explains his fundamental ideas. Collier firstly, sets the scene by exploring generation of buildings and types of architecture and structures to illustrate basic ideas that influence them and then, he discuss the nature of the development and analysis its process. Gaver & Martin (2000) have reported mapping a design space for a project on information appliances, "we produced a workbook describing about twenty conceptual design proposals. On the one hand, they serve as suggestions that digital devices might embody values apart from those traditionally associated with functionality and usefulness. On the other, they are examples of research through design, balancing concreteness with openness to spur the imagination, and using multiplicity to allow the emergence of a new design space..." (2000, p209). Tarrah [Designer Magazine] have had the opportunity to hold an mini-brainstorming [idea generation gaming] session in order to bring the creativity and innovation issues in accordance with architectural design up.

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 12, 65-73 p.
Keyword [en]
Innovation, Creativity, Architectural design, Design thinking, Design process, Knowledge management
National Category
Design Architecture
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences; Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12169OAI: diva2:922609

Bilingual workshop report

Coordinator and Coach: Bahram Hooshyar Yousefi, Dipl.-Ing. (SE: Arkitekt, SAR/MSA), M.P.M., Dr.techn

Contributors: Parisa Alimohammadi [Architect, Assistant Professor in IAU], Peyman BaniShoraka [Designer, Graphic Artist], Korouah Hajizadeh [Architect]

Observer: Soroosh Bakhtminoo [Editor-in-Chief of Designer Magazine, Architect]

DESIGNER Editorial: Sheida Haghighatpour

Available from: 2016-04-23 Created: 2016-04-23 Last updated: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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