The value of design : a discussion paper

Bole, Simon and Reed, Richard 2009, The value of design : a discussion paper, Architectural science review, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 169-175, doi: 10.3763/asre.2008.0039.

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Title The value of design : a discussion paper
Author(s) Bole, Simon
Reed, RichardORCID iD for Reed, Richard
Journal name Architectural science review
Volume number 52
Issue number 3
Start page 169
End page 175
Total pages 7
Publisher Earthscan Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 0003-8628
Keyword(s) architecture
change regeneration
lifecycle costs
Summary Although there is often a difference between the architectural understanding of forms and their social and value-related perception (Malhis, 2008), elements of architectural value are often divided into economic or cultural concerns. Architecture’s true value, however, may be found at the resolution of this dichotomy although it can be argued it is not straightforward to isolate
and measure the true value of architecture. This discussion paper suggests that whilst many of the concerns highlighted appear in conflict, they are in fact reciprocal in nature with both causes being advanced through the efficiencies of architectural design. One viewpoint is that economic value perhaps should not be a topic of infrequent discussion, but rather it should be raised from time to time within the context of the broader market within which architecture is positioned. Even this viewpoint is subject to conjecture
for some. This discussion paper places the focus on the importance and relevance of value from an architectural perspective, which often is a concept rarely discussed in design circles. It is meant to encourage discourse and discussion about the different forms of value and how it is perceived in an architectural sense. As there are numerous classifications and perceptions of value in our society which are in a constant state of change, it is imperative that we regularly re-evaluate the relevance of these ever-changing values to design.
Language eng
DOI 10.3763/asre.2008.0039
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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