Design with purpose
Singapore 11th June 2013
Sometimes you wonder whether people actually are really that naïve or they really don’t understand the process of design. I am talking about a project architect who expects us to deliver a design without him providing us with any details. We are looking at fast tracking an outdoor lighting design simply based on some conceptual plan approach by the architect. Really basic with some everyday mood images (the kind you see in practically every presentation) and some super conventional light fitting pictures. Overall if you look at it you can’t make out front from end to put it bluntly. It looks like something put together on a Sunday afternoon. I am harsh, but then the same guy (now that we are on board as the lighting consultants) asks us if we can come up with our lighting design concept in the next two days…really? Now I can turn around a lighting design in a very, very short time, courtesy of my years of experience, but for that I need some essential basics, like a proper layout plan, typical sections or height indications, material finishes, relevant elevations, etc., all in some readable dimensions and scale; practically no one of that was made available to us. What was made available is rather shocking considering the guy is the lead architect for the building and the site construction is in full swing.
So my conclusion is that either he has the drawings and does not want to provide them (or he has them but does not understand we need them) or he simply has not got around to produce them yet, which considering the progress on site would be really worrying. So what to do? My first action was to sent him an overview (on the only plan we have) of all the sections and details we need. I can tell you that was quite a list considering the size of the area we are to do. However I am not going to sit and wait as one thing that I have learned over my many years in practice is to be pro-active and solution oriented… a positive approach. The blame game generally does not work and only polarises a situation. So I am now sketching solutions that I anticipate will work based on the little information I have in the hope (and knowledge) that it will trigger a positive reaction so we can than actually get on to the lighting concept so needed…
Light Watch 4-103: Creativity with lighting is thinking out of the box…here is a creative installation designed for the Biennale called Arcades by Troika. Simple elements, great results!