An article in Dezeen Magazine brilliantly illustrates the benefits of good design, with “a redesigned accident and emergency department by London studio PearsonLloyd has been found to reduce aggression and violence by fifty percent” This is an amazing statistic.
ABC Radio National ‘By Design’
Yesterday I was a guest on ABC Radio National By Design show with the presenter Fenella Kernebone. The topic of the discussion was ‘Designing for Children’ and I was accompanied by the stylist Megan Morton and educator Annette Mauer.
You can listen to the show here.
image by Lightyears.dk via flickr
I absolutely love these light fittings. They are known as the Juicy pendant – a simple, logical and functional lamp – designed by Danish duo designer Kasper Salto and architect Thomas Sigsgaard. I adore how the lights are hanging so low over the table, bringing a greater sense of intimacy. Read more…
Bad design does cost.
Some further thoughts to my earlier posting on the bad design costs.
Good design can provide significant value to both the owner and user; however, there are often greater costs occurred due to bad design. On the initial investment made good design pays back over a long period of time, whilst with bad design the negative effect can be immediate and can continue over its life cycle. It can mean a home may need refurbishment or replacing before it was originally planned. This can imposes unwanted costs on the owner and users.
The Australian Institute of Architects and others work hard to promote good design and its added value to society; however, do we forget about the other side of the story? Does bad design have its costs? Badly designed places incur costs to the building’s owners and occupiers, neighbours and society. This may include monetary value, running costs, maintenance, function, etc. It is certainly food for thought.
I was having a conversation with a builder the other day and I was reminded how important furniture plans are. It breaks my heart to see people shelve out thousands on renovations and extensions when it ends up being difficult – or impossible – to furnish.
The use of thermal mass needs to be considered carefully
Thermal mass has amazing benefits if used correctly. However, if it is not used correctly, it can increase your winter heating requirements.
In some cases thermal mass can create a negative winter effects with increased winter energy requirements. Thermal mass requires adequate solar gain to be effective. Thus you will need adequate north facing windows which are not affected by overshadowing in winter.
If thermal mass isn’t adequately heated by the solar gain it will need to be heated by supplementary heating. You will not only need to heat the air, you will also need to heat the thermal mass. An adequate area of north-facing glass can help offset this effect.