How to Strengthen and Present your Ideas!

Struggling to think of ideas for your exciting new project?

Can’t decide on a new jaw-dropping design which will overwhelm your tutors to save the sickening feeling of having to RESTART the project again?

Well look no further, as this page highlights the key points to help create a new idea.

-Precedents

As Le Corbusier said, “Good architects borrow, but great architects steal.”

As a student of Architecture, researching precedents to help think of an idea is the key to success in creating a new design. Without this initial research, it can be very difficult to create a design that will be both aesthetically pleasing and work well for the supposed client.

Also, why not attend one of those evening Architecture society lectures? Yes, it is in the evening, optional and on top of that requires you to pay. However, listening and understanding the types of buildings Architects are creating in the modern world can be truly beneficial. So next time be sure to turn off that cheeky game of fifa or finish munching on your nandos and head down!

-Concept Models

Professor Sir Edmund Happold, “A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole”.

When starting the work for your new design, sometimes a sketch or an initial floor plan just simply is not enough.

With physical 3D models, we can understand how the building will work through a different perspective. It can also be a great break from staring at the same old computer screen or piece of paper; and will allow you to get your ideas across to the client/tutor in a lot more depth.

Diagrams

Renzo Piano, “You can put down a bad book; you can avoid listening to bad music; but you cannot miss the ugly tower block opposite your house”.

Another key to success when designing is to create diagrams. Although it can seem like less work to just decide not to or simply do a quick job to fulfill the requirements, when it comes to that dreaded end of year portfolio submission, you will not be there to sell your scheme for that 2.1/1 grade.

Unlike most History and English teachers, Architecture tutors do not want to read pages upon pages of text to get across your thoughts and ideas. By using different types of diagrams, you are able to clearly represent how the building functions; therefore conveying the aesthetics in an effective way, resulting in a painting of a thousand words.

Many students will learn this the hard way, but you can get one step ahead by undertaking this process.

-Reuben Paradise, BA2 Architecture University of Portsmouth

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