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Nick Grant
elementalsolutions.co.uk
@ecominimalnick
Environmentally
Responsible Design
Aspirational sustainability is an oxymoron
Teslamotors.com
“I’d love to design a Passivhaus* but
we haven’t had a client w...
Value = Function
Cost
Nature is all about value
Humans Discovered Value Engineering:
The originators of VE found that
redu...
Value Engineering Cost Cutting
VE≠ Cost cutting
When so-called VE
happens
Graph; Mark Siddall & others
Daisy Stone; Flickr
What is the function of Buildings?
• Protection
• Comfort
• Physical health
• Mental health
• Impress other architects??
@...
"He saw the beauty of the river and the railways and
the way their energy blended and began to sketch in
green felt pen on...
‘Architecture’ laughing in the face of physics
Image; Nick Grant
“I received a questionnaire
— ‘Which is more important
— ...
Sir Alexandros Arnoldos Konstantinos Isigonis
Αλέξανδρος Αρνόλδος Κωνσταντίνος Ισηγόνης
“The extent to which you have a design style is the extent to
which you have not solved the design problem.”
Charles Eames...
Design freedom as aspiration
Random mutation
tested by constraints
Unconstrained
creativity
“The marvellous part about
a k...
The weak link in the chain between pure artistic
concept and manifestation . . .
(according to some)
The solution!
Craft
Hi Value
*A trained basket maker could make 8 herring Quarter Crans in a day.
Craft & Design Versus Art – value, values & valuation
Value =
Function
Price
£50-£200 £2,700. Less functional, is it 10X m...
“Design is an expression of purpose.
It may, if it is good enough, later be
judged as art.”
Charles Eames
Embrace Constraints
“Here is one of the few effective keys to the design
problem — the ability of the designer to recogniz...
AustrianTribune
Even ants can do it
“What works good is better than what
looks good,
because what works good lasts”
Ray Eames
Trust the process
• Identify con...
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Sustainable design cannot be aspirational, it must be normal practice. To achieve this we must embrace function and Value Engineering which is a world apart from cost cutting.

Good design emerges from the process of problem solving. It is not about drawing the outward form and then letting others solve the problems of function and delivery.

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  1. 1. Nick Grant elementalsolutions.co.uk @ecominimalnick Environmentally Responsible Design
  2. 2. Aspirational sustainability is an oxymoron Teslamotors.com “I’d love to design a Passivhaus* but we haven’t had a client willing to pay” *Insert environmental target of choice.
  3. 3. Value = Function Cost Nature is all about value Humans Discovered Value Engineering: The originators of VE found that reducing cost often improved function & improving function can reduce cost. Image; tes.com
  4. 4. Value Engineering Cost Cutting VE≠ Cost cutting When so-called VE happens Graph; Mark Siddall & others Daisy Stone; Flickr
  5. 5. What is the function of Buildings? • Protection • Comfort • Physical health • Mental health • Impress other architects?? @lloydalter Design from inside out Design from outside in “Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?” Charles Eames Value = Function Cost
  6. 6. "He saw the beauty of the river and the railways and the way their energy blended and began to sketch in green felt pen on a napkin what he saw as a giant sail or an iceberg," The Guardian
  7. 7. ‘Architecture’ laughing in the face of physics Image; Nick Grant “I received a questionnaire — ‘Which is more important — beauty or function?’ I should make a choice between keeping my head or my heart?” Charles Eames
  8. 8. Sir Alexandros Arnoldos Konstantinos Isigonis Αλέξανδρος Αρνόλδος Κωνσταντίνος Ισηγόνης
  9. 9. “The extent to which you have a design style is the extent to which you have not solved the design problem.” Charles Eames Image: norcalminis.com
  10. 10. Design freedom as aspiration Random mutation tested by constraints Unconstrained creativity “The marvellous part about a kite problem is that this is one area in which one can definitely judge its success or failure – that is – it will fly or it will not fly. I wish more problems could be so beautifully defined.“ Charles Eames
  11. 11. The weak link in the chain between pure artistic concept and manifestation . . . (according to some)
  12. 12. The solution!
  13. 13. Craft Hi Value *A trained basket maker could make 8 herring Quarter Crans in a day.
  14. 14. Craft & Design Versus Art – value, values & valuation Value = Function Price £50-£200 £2,700. Less functional, is it 10X more beautiful? Status = Price Function
  15. 15. “Design is an expression of purpose. It may, if it is good enough, later be judged as art.” Charles Eames
  16. 16. Embrace Constraints “Here is one of the few effective keys to the design problem — the ability of the designer to recognize as many of the constraints as possible — his willingness and enthusiasm for working within these constraints. Constraints of price, of size, of strength, of balance, of surface, of time and so forth.” Charles Eames Energy targets, air quality, surface temperatures, airtightness, cost, materials, water use, summer overheating hours, daylight, views, privacy, space, glazing ratios, openable window sizes, reparability, reusability . . . . Constraints provide clear shared goals for the client and the whole design team . . .
  17. 17. AustrianTribune Even ants can do it
  18. 18. “What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts” Ray Eames Trust the process • Identify constraints • Set clear targets for performance • Set clear targets for budget • Design from the inside out • Work to break down barriers between trades
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Sustainable design cannot be aspirational, it must be normal practice. To achieve this we must embrace function and Value Engineering which is a world apart from cost cutting. Good design emerges from the process of problem solving. It is not about drawing the outward form and then letting others solve the problems of function and delivery.

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