Chapter 6Design Process

Architectural design is a creative endeavor that stems from theoretical and conceptual underpinnings and produces pragmatic results. This chapter is about the process through which architectural theory is enacted and results are realized, and is based on observation of the design of many performing arts buildings over several years. One can divide the design process into several component parts:

  • Shaping performance spaces
  • Site planning
  • Building massing
  • Functional planning
  • Establishing character and vocabulary
  • Integrating systems

This division into parts is artificial, but useful in understanding the process as a whole. The parts are interdependent and must be approached iteratively. Shaping of performance spaces tends ...

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