Design Methodolgies - Personal Reflection:

Design Methodologies has been purposely broken down into three sections SITE, RESPONSE, and MAKE. This seems an ideal tool for understanding and analysing how we as individuals work, our style, interests and approach. These three sub-sections do run seamlessly from one to the other by possibly responding to site through making and experimenting. I personally feel Response and Make are very similar and the difference in meaning is hard to pin-point exactly. However I also feel one can not run without the other in the design process. So for this reflection I intend to class Response as an initial response to the site, the client and the brief and Make as the development of ideas and the strategies I use to move my response from the initial stage to the final design.

: In terms of site, due to my previous education of interior design, site analysis was a new concept to me. I understand that pursuing one type such as normative of site analysis is not sufficient in terms of creating an understanding of the site. However I tend to become interested in the details of site, the traces and memories as a way of building a deeper and richer understanding of it. Assessing anecdotal information as well allows me to try and understand how users use the site and potentially how this should be addressed in the design. The detail approach to my site analysis is also an influence from Studio 7s approach to Middlesbrough.

RESPONSE: In terms of an initial response to my site analysis, a client and a brief, I try to continue the same approach as I would to a site and concentrate on the details of what I have found out from it as an underlying starting point. I will also take inspiration from the brief. For example in my archive project I have tried to take inspiration from archaeologists and History in terms of layering and fragments as a way of implementing an initial response. I feel my responses have a strong grounding if they reflect both the site and the brief in there aesthetic and layout.

In terms of the making programme, I tend to approach this by understanding through sketching and models, how a user would use the space. Once again concentrating on the details of the site, objects, and the user’s experience within it. I feel this in turn will determine how the exterior of the structure will look. As due to my past education of Remodelling of Existing buildings, I am very interested in the contrast between old and new, detailing and the wider structure and the mix of CAD and hand-drawn techniques. I tend to reflect this in my sketching. I sketch basic ideas and highlight or annotate elements that could potentially work. I would then tend to CAD this up with the concept that redrawing over the top more ideas and details as a way to show that this is not final. Decisions are made when the design becomes CAD drawn up.