2nd Edition

Managing the Brief for Better Design

By Alastair Blyth, John Worthington Copyright 2010
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Briefing is not just presenting a set of documents to the design team; it is a process of developing a deep understanding about client needs. This book provides both inspiration to clients and a framework for practitioners. The coverage extends beyond new build, covering briefing for services and fit-outs. Written by an experienced and well-known team of authors, 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. The text is illustrated by excellent examples of effective practice, drawn from DEGW experience, as well as five model briefs and invaluable process charts.

    Foreword.  Introduction.  Part 1: Briefing Explained  1. The Nature of Briefing  2. Articulating the Briefing Process  3. Identifying Needs  4. Reflecting on Growth and Change  5. Communicating Expectations  6. Learning from Experience  7. Managing the Process  Part 2: Learning from Experience  8. Perspectives on Briefing  8.1. Briefing for a Portfolio  8.2. Briefing for Continuous Building  8.3. Briefing through Visualisation  8.4. Briefing for Adaptability  8.5. Briefing with Innovation in Mind  8.6. Briefing for the Future  8.7. Briefing for the Changing Workplace  8.8. Briefing for the Global Organisation  8.9. Briefing through Design  9. Model Briefs - Urban Brief. Strategic Brief. Functional Brief. Fit-Out Brief. Operational Brief  Part 3: The Process in Practice  10. Process Primer  11. Design Brief Management.  Further Reading


    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.

    Reviews of the 1st edition:

    ‘For practitioners the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the subject’ – The Architect’s Journal

    ‘This book should be invaluable to both experienced practitioners and newcomes alike’ – Building Engineer