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Thomas Yarrow

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738494

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738494.001.0001

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Between Concept and Plan

Between Concept and Plan

(p.168) Between Concept and Plan

Thomas Yarrow

Cornell University Press

How does a design concept become a detailed plan?

During the initial stages of design, sketching predominates. Architects draw, relating creative freedom to a representational technology that is understood to lack specific practical consequence.5 This imaginative process aims to move away from existing realities toward a “design concept.” In later stages of design, by contrast, architects aim to make their drawings consequential. The process of “detailing” is a way of anticipating the reality of the concept. It is oriented to give substance and specificity to what exists abstractly. At this stage, architects must understand and resolve a range of more practical considerations, including those of planning, construction, and cost....

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