Managing the Brief for Better Design

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"In the absence of a common language, misunderstandings are inevitable-and for the clients of buildings that means expensive solutions in the wrong problems. Alastair Blyth and, John Worthington have produced an essential handbook for all those who want to "understand the underlying subtietes of briefing." Briefing is a complex subject full of intangibles and complex collaborative processes - this book is the common language we all need. Sam Cassels, Strategic Advisor, Founder of Sam Scenarios" "The first edition of Managing the Brief for Better

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Overview

"In the absence of a common language, misunderstandings are inevitable-and for the clients of buildings that means expensive solutions in the wrong problems. Alastair Blyth and, John Worthington have produced an essential handbook for all those who want to "understand the underlying subtietes of briefing." Briefing is a complex subject full of intangibles and complex collaborative processes - this book is the common language we all need. Sam Cassels, Strategic Advisor, Founder of Sam Scenarios" "The first edition of Managing the Brief for Better Design captured the state of the art in the briefing process and provided clients and designers with a wide range of good practice advice drawn from reel world experiences. In the decade since that first edition, the built environment has benefited from new initiatives, new research and new ideas. To their credit, the authors have updated the book with a revised text, fresh insights, recent case studies and the latest tools, models and checklists to support the briefing process. Highly recommended. Sebastian Macmillan, University of Cambridge" "This updated edition of Managing the Brief for Better Design confirms Blyth and Worthington's place as the main authority on briefing in the construction industry. The book will be a valuable first point of reference for all stakeholders with an interest in the procurement of the built environment - from project sponsors to designers and contractors. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the nature of briefing, sets out examples of good practice in a range of case studies and provides good, practical advice to all involved in the briefing process.' Stephen Brookhouse" "Briefing is about more than a client delivering a set of ready-made decisions to the design team. This book offers an understanding of the real briefing process and its importance to the built environment. The text is illustrated by nine excellent examples of effective practice as well as five model briefs and invaluable process charts. It also contains easy reference checklists of questions to address at each stage of a project." "The coverage here extends beyond new build, covering the full range of briefing from services and fit-outs to urban neighbourhoods. This new edition clearly explains how important the briefing process is to both the construction industry, in delivering well-designed buildings, and to their clients, in achieving them. It provides both inspiration to clients and a framework for practitioners. Substantially updated, this book is excellent for courses in building design, project management and design management as well as for architects, project managers and the growing number of design brief managers." Briefing is now more important as the speed of organisational change increases and buildings have to become more adaptable. The workplace also has a major impact on staff satisfaction and their ability to carry out their work. Organisations often find that their building does not meet user needs. By using this book for better briefing and understanding of what the real needs are, you will be able to make building-related decisions with greater confidence.

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Editorial Reviews

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'For practitioners the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the subject.' - The Architects' Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415460309
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/29/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296

Meet the Author

Alastair Blyth is a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.

John Worthington is Co-Founder of DEGW, London, the Graham Willis Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Director for Learning for the Academy of Urbanism.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Foreword to first edition

Foreword to second edition

Introduction

Part 1 Briefing explained 1

1 The nature of briefing 3

2 Articulating the briefing process 13

3 Identifying needs 25

4 Reflecting on growth and change 41

5 Communicating expectations 59

6 Learning from experience 77

7 Managing the process 93

Part 2 Learning from experience 123

8 Perspective on briefing: case studies 125

Briefing for a portfolio 127

Briefing for continuous building 137

Briefing through visualisation 149

Briefing for adaptability 159

Briefling for the future 171

Briefing for the changing workplace 177

Strategic briefing for a global organisation 187

Briefing is a design process 197

9 Model briefs 205

Urban Brief 207

Strategic Brief 213

Functional Brief 223

Fit-out Brief 229

Operational Brief 235

Part 3 The process in practice 239

10 Process primer 241

Checklist of questions to address during a project 249

Tips for successful briefing 253

11 Design brief management 257

Furter reading 265

Index 271

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