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Professor emeritus of architecture at Florida A&M University, with special emphasis areas (besides architectural design) of design methodology, information systems for design and planning, time management for designers building economics. Main Interests of current work: 1) Planning discourse support platform with evaluation provisions for 'planning arguments' and planning proposals; and 2) Development of a new architectural / environmental design approach focused on 'occasions' (the experiences / events of our lives) and 'image' (the concepts of 'who we are', 'what we are doing in this place', and 'what kind of place is this') leading e.g. to new tools for the assessment of value of built environments.
The following are suggestions for an experimental application of a 'pilot' version of the structured planning discourse platform that should be developed for planning projects with wide public participation, at scales ranging from local issues to global projects. Currently available platforms do not yet offer all desirable features of a viable PDSS...
Abstract A frame of reference based on ‘occasion’ and ‘image’ as key concepts for the discussion of built environment (Mann 1980) is used to develop measures of the value of buildings. Possible measures of place value and building value are explored and seen as a function of individuals’ assessment of the value of the occasions or activities it ser...
The structure of ‘planning arguments’ -- arguments commonly used in discussion about plans and policy proposals -- is discussed. Based on the conceptual framework of the ‘argumentative model of planning’ proposed by H. Rittel, an approach for their systematic and transparent evaluation by discourse participants is presented. Procedural implications...
The concept of ‘procedural building block’ is proposed to denote small scale procedural steps within the design process, that can be combined in various ways to form different design approaches. Using this concept and suggesting that useful connections can be made between facets of the design process that have mostly been considered separate phases...
Starting from a discussion of difficulties in the application of design methods in architecture, it is suggested that a common factor in such situations may be the use of paradigms or conceptual frames of reference too far removed from the experiential know-ledge base of users and practitioners alike. This gives rise to the call for 'intermediate-l...
Development of the structure, process, decision methods for a planning discourse support platform for public planning and governance projects with wide public participation. While the basic outline of the system have been worked out, it remains to develop the integrated program for wide large scale application; the project aims at preparing the requirements for the programming phase.