Completed projects receive more public attention than the process
of their creation and so the myth that architects design buildings
alone lives on. In fact, architects work with a great many others
and the relationships that develop, particularly with clients, have
a significant impact on design. "Design through Dialogue" explores
the relationship between client and architect through the lens of
four overlapping activities that occur during any project:
relating, talking, exploring and transforming.
Cases of design and collaboration range from smaller scale
retail, residential and educational projects in the US, Sweden, the
UK and the Pacific Rim to large institutions, including Seattle's
Central Library, the National Museum of the American Indian in
Washington DC, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the Museum of New
Zealand. Material is taken from interviews with clients and
architects and research in psychotherapy, group dynamics and design
studies. Throughout the book aspects of process are linked to
design outcomes to illustrate how architects and clients
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