- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4th edition (August 13, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471126209
- ISBN-13: 978-0471126201
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programming Primer 4th Edition
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From the Back Cover
The classic programming guide for architects and clientsfully updated and revised
Architectural programming is a team effort that requires close cooperation between architects and their clients. Problem Seeking, Fourth 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 new edition of the only programming guide appropriate for both architect and client features new ways of thinking about programming, new strategies for effective group action, and new settings in which to explore programming concepts. Supplemented with more than 120 helpful illustrations and diagrams, this indispensable resource provides updated technical information and faster, easier access to explanations, examples, and tools, including:
- Updated building costs and their relationship to interior fit-up costs
- 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
About the Author
WILLIAM M. PE?A, FAIA, retired partner of Caudill Rowlett Scott, is often referred to as the "father" of architectural programming, having spent more than 50 years developing, refining, and explaining the programming process.
STEVEN A. PARSHALL, FAIA, is Senior Vice President of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. and Practice Director of HOK Consulting. He has been Lead Programmer on more than 125 major international building projects.
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Top customer reviews
Part One of the book is a primer, focusing on theory and principles. Part Two is the "how to do it" section, providing details and examples. The book is based on decades of real-life project examples from one of the most experienced architectural programming teams in the nation.
The core idea is profound: Separating programming (analysis) from design (synthesis), brings tremendous clarity to the design problem. Focusing first on the goals, facts and concepts, then translating those into quantifiable needs (independent of the solution!) facilitates decision-making and encourages innovation.
Reading this book won't make you an architectural programmer, but it provides an essential foundation for anyone involved in a building project--architects and owners alike. The book is used as a text book in architecture schools across the country, and is required reading before taking the Architectural Registration Exam. A 9 out of 10 only because it will leave you yearning for more.