First things first

Shanghai 9th June 2010

Working in China has its challenges; I have blogged about it before and will probably do so again. Why is it that so many clients have absolutely no concept of design, let alone lighting design? They explain the project to you and expect you to come up with the concept, lighting points and electrical loading a week later…I am not exaggerating…Today was a day as many others. A new client came to visit us in our office, briefed us about the project and then requests us to come up with the façade lighting concept, layout and loading schedule for stage one in the next week or so. Why the rush? But as we found out the building structure is already completed and cladding is in progress…..ouch! Of course they need the lighting input yesterday…somebody obviously did not understand the sequence of the design process….

On another of our projects, 4 floors of a hotel interiors, same story. Level one and level four are conceptually completed by the interior designer but level two and three are still in progress. Can we quickly give them the lighting design for those two levels first, including layout and loading schedules? Yes, next week please, we want to complete the project by year end! Hey…wait a moment…what about an integrated conceptual design approach for the whole project? What about some deeper thoughts, some time for creative explorations or better still, some due diligence? Do we really have to work in such hap-hazard way?

So first things first, let’s first get a more or less completed and integrated architectural or interior concept on the table that can serve as base for our lighting design. Then allow us some proper time to think things through and come up with a “plan”! It is easy to get carried away in these situations, which is oh, so common in Asia, so if we don’ t “hammer” this so important process into their minds right from day one, we will have a tough time redressing the situation later on and we will always be running behind the facts……

09. June 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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