1st Edition

Design-Build Integrating Craft, Service, and Research through Applied Academic and Practice Models

By Daniel Winterbottom Copyright 2020
    416 Pages 263 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 263 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Design-Build provides everything you need to know about how to embark on a design-build project within a studio or professional practice setting. Design-build models have increased across academic programs worldwide, allowing students to address the real-world challenges of working in the community using a participatory design process. In practice, they offer a full partnership between the designer and builder to elevate design concepts and reduce project costs.

    Written by an experienced practitioner and educator, this book offers contextual background on the development of the design-build model in pedagogy and practice, guidance from inception to conclusion for classroom and field usage, discussions on the shift to community-engaged design and inspirational examples from international case studies. Illustrated in full color throughout, it looks at structuring a design-build firm, best-practice, efficiency and the limitations of design-build as a practice model.

    This is the fundamental guidebook for those interested in developing or working for a design-build professional practice, academics leading design-build programs and students interested in social and environmental justice, education, and practice through a design-build model.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: History of Design Build as a Practice and Academic model.

    Chapter 3: Pedagogy

    Chapter 4: Practice and Materiality

    Chapter 5: Tools and methods

    Chapter 6: Case studies (Note these will presented as descriptions, focusing on specific objectives ie: ecological restoration, working for social justice, cross cultural understanding etc. The actual projects done in these programs will be used throughout the book to illustrate specific points made in the text.)

    • North Carolina State: Assistant Professor Andrew Fox
    • Ohio State: faculty to be determined
    • Temple University: Associate Professor Pauline Hurley-Kurtz
    • UC Davis Sustainable Environmental Design: Professor Patsy Eubanks Owens
    • University of Colorado Denver: Assistant Professor Joern Langhorst??
    • Conway School: Associate Director David Nordstrom
    • University of Oregon: Associate Professor Stanton Jones
    • University of Iowa: Assistant professor Julie Stevens
    • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo: Associate Professor David Watts
    • Mississippi State University: Professor Sadik Artunc

    Chapter 7: Shifting practice, evolving education


    Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA is a landscape architect and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. His research interests include craft and materiality in placemaking, restorative/healing landscapes, landscape as a cultural expression, ecological urban design, community participatory design and service learning. In 1995 he developed a design-build program, and brings students to collaborate with communities in the US and abroad to design and build projects with a focus on healing traumatized populations. He has authored many articles on Casitas, healing gardens, sustainable design and service-learning teaching that have appeared in Nursing, Northwest Public Health, Places, the New York Times, Seattle Times, Seattle P.I. and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Winterbottom’s books include Wood in the Landscape, 2006, and Therapeutic Gardens: Designing Healing Gardens, 2015, co-authored with Amy Wagenfeld.

    Learning the skills of actually building landscapes—not simply designing them on paper—is a crucial new frontier in landscape architecture education and practice. Daniel Winterbottom is a pioneer of teaching design/build and the contributions within this important book provide an in-depth guide to design/build's broader implementation.

    J. William Thompson, FASLA, Former Editor in Chief, Landscape Architecture


    As Julian Raxworthy’s Overgrown illuminated the dysfunction in current industry conventions that separate design, installation, and management from each other, Daniel Winterbottom’s Design Build shows us the solutions – and how to immediately get started. Like Winterbottom himself, the book rolls up its sleeves without hesitation and sets you loose with the real stuff – trusting you to figure it out and build intuition from working with your physical media.

    Whether the reader is a business owner feeling the urge toward design-build integration, a designer interested in doing more physical mock-ups and on-site work, or a teacher creating a design-build experience for students, Design Build is a useful and freeing read. Winterbottom’s “just do it” voice, combined with the detailed resources to get started tomorrow, is just what we need today. This book will help to shift the landscape industry’s collective mindset from one that is ruled by our era’s extremes of specialization and contract limitations into an approach that is more adventurous, empowered, and optimistic. Design Build shows us that when we trust our hearts and problem-solving skills, we can create better, unscripted, and more resilient works.

    Shannon Nichol, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN)