Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programming Primer 5th Edition

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The classic programming guide for architects and clients¿¿—fully updated and revised

Architectural programming is a team effort that requires close cooperation between architects and their clients. Problem Seeking, Fifth Edition lays out a five-step procedure that teams can follow when programming any building or series of buildings, from a small house to a hospital complex. This simple yet comprehensive process encompasses the entire range of factors that influence the design of buildings.

This Fifth Edition of the only programming guide appropriate for both architect and client features new information related to BIM, integrated practice, and sustainable design when programming. Supplemented with more than 120 illustrations and diagrams updated for this edition, this indispensable resource provides revised technical information and faster, easier access to explanations, examples, and tools, including:

  • Guidance on incorporating the latest technological tools when programming

  • A primer on discounted cash flow analysis and net present value analysis

  • Project statement examples organized by project phase and building type

  • Useful techniques for data management, functional relationship analysis, and more

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part One 1 Problem Seeking

An Architectural Programming Primer

Overview 2

The Primer 2

The Search 4

Programmers and Designers 6

Analysis and Synthesis 8

The Separation 10

The Interface 12

Process 14

Five Steps 14

Procedure 16

Considerations 18

The Whole Problem 18

Four Considerations 20

Framework 22

Information 24

Information Index Matrix 26

Organizing Information 28

Two- Phase Process 30

Data Clog 32

Processing and Discarding 34

Participation 36

User on Team 36

Effective Group Action 38

Team 40

Participatory Process 42

Background Information 43

Decision Making 44

Communication 46

Steps 48

Establish Goals 48

Collect and Analyze Facts 50

Uncover and Test Concepts 52

Determine Needs 66

Cost Estimate Analysis 68

Abstract to the Essence 70

State the Problem 72

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