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RV 2014: Design Matters by Russell Davidson

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Design Matters: Six Questions, Many Answers AICP CM 1.5

Six questions. So many answers! Meet national leaders from three collaborative design disciplines -- American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association -- and see how each tackles the same six questions. Hear how they meet similar design challenges but with different values and priorities for why design matters. A series of three questions will be addressed by the panel to begin the discussion, and then the audience will expand the conversation by posing additional quesitons and issues that they face.

Moderator: Ron Stewart, AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, Oregon
William Anderson, FAICP, President, American Planning Association; Principal/Vice President, Director of Economics and Planning for US West, AECOM, San Diego, California
Mark A. Focht, FASLA, PLA, President, American Society Landscape Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Russell A. Davidson, AIA, Vice President, 2016 President Elect, American Institute of Architects; President, Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson, Mount Kisco, New York

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RV 2014: Design Matters by Russell Davidson

  1. 1. American Institute of Architects DESIGN MATTERS?
  2. 2. American Institute of Architects Commodity, Firmness & Delight -Vitruvius (30 bc)
  3. 3. American Institute of Architects What is good design? Design is a process and a product. Design Thinking 1. Listen & Research – Define the Problem / Opportunity 2. Create and Consider Many Options 3. Refine Selected Option 4. Repeat Steps 1- 3 (Optional) 5. Execute the Selected Approach
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  8. 8. American Institute of Architects “One used to arrive in New York like a prince; now one scurries in like a rat.” -Vincent Scully
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  17. 17. American Institute of Architects What is good design? Good Design is: Resilient, Accessible, Promotes Well-Being, Sustainable & Creates a Healthy Environment. Good Design Makes Excellent Places.
  18. 18. American Institute of Architects Spirit of Place or Genius Loci – A Roman Concept Every place has its genius, its guardian spirit which determines its character or essence. Authentic Place-Making vs. Generic Planning
  19. 19. American Institute of Slides provided courtesy of Architecture 2030 Architects
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  24. 24. American Institute of Architects WHAT PART DO THEY PLAY? Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects & Planners
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  28. 28. There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives. - Winston Churchill American Institute of Architects
  29. 29. Architectural historian Vincent Scully has said that architecture is a conversation between the generations, carried out across time, and while you could say that this is true of all forms of art and culture, in architecture the conversation is most conspicuous, the most obvious, the most impossible to tune out. We may not all participate in the conversation, but we all have to listen to it. For that reason alone, architecture matters: because it is all around us, and what is all around us has to have an effect on us. That effect may be subtle and barely noticeable, or it may shake us to the core, but it will never fail to be there. - Excerpt from Why Architecture Matters by Paul Goldberger American Institute of Architects
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