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Experiencing Information: Use of Pattern as a Mechanism in Architectural Design

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Title: Experiencing Information: Use of Pattern as a Mechanism in Architectural Design
Authors: Shishido, Joshua
Keywords: Architectural Design
Gregory Bateson
Issue Date: May 2015
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2015]
Abstract: It is imperative for architects to design and build projects in a responsible way. This equates to many factors such as structural stability, environmental sustainability, attention to cultural issues, and honesty towards a client. One specific duty of the architect is to design buildings that communicate their meaning clearly. This has become an especially challenging task as a more conceptually based design approach has become the norm in architectural practice. When the design idea or concept is taken from beyond the field of architecture, it can produce innovative works when executed successfully, or arbitrary designs when executed unsuccessfully. This project proposes a medium – which will be referred to as the use of pattern as a mechanism – with which concepts can be executed clearly, consistently, and in a highly integrated way with the many other tangible and intangible components of an architectural design. The logic on which the medium is based is derived from the writings of an anthropologist and systems thinker named Gregory Bateson. While the project does not propose that the medium is completely universal and full proof such as the nature of a mathematical equation, it does propose that the idea is highly flexible and adaptable to a range of applications. Therefore, the research attempts to test the idea in the execution of a conceptually based design of a visitor interpretation center located on the North Shore of ‘Oahu. The particular project has been selected because of its highly sensitive physical and theoretical context. Should a concept approach be used in such a situation, it would be crucial that the concept not only be appropriate, but just as importantly, clearly and tactfully executed. It is hoped that the functionality of this
project’s notion of pattern in executing a design concept in this particular context will further validate it if it can be successfully applied.
Description: D.Arch. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015.
Includes bibliographical references.
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