Monday, December 3, 2012

7 Key to Design & Innovation for Government

submitted by:  Lisa Pinyan, IIDA Coastal Empire chapter

Government Forum
7 Keys to Design & Innovation for Government Projects

Georgia Ports Authority
Annex 2- Port Police and Employee Health

Georgia Ports Authority Command Center
Annex 2- Port Police and Employee Health

When designing for Governmental Agencies, trends rarely have a place in the process.
Often the most critical problem can be solved by identifying who or what group will be the end user of the building or space to identify their needs and intended function of their space.

Although the design of these buildings may not win you awards, you have an opportunity to affect their workplace in a positive way and all of the occupants.  You would be affecting them just as you would with any other building design.

The average area in these government buildings must be designed and built with durability
using materials that will hold up to heavy use, in colors that are neutral, with in an overall design that will be timeless.  Often these spaces will not be renovated for the next 15-20 years, though function and occupants may change.  This often is a very tall order. But at the end of a successful
project, the reward is a building of happy occupants which makes it worth the challenge.

Fred Dust and Hilary Hoeber outlined the basic steps when they wrote in
Metropolis Magazine, July 9 2011

“The 7 Keys to Design and Innovation for Government"

1.  Start with Citizen's
2.  Forget the Average
3.  Visualize Change
4.  Simplify in the Face of Complexity
5.  Prototype before Piloting
6.  Envision a Future Together
7.  Share the Mission”

These 7 key factors are solid principles and still have a valid place in today's Governmental Design.

See the links below.  They more deeply describe the strategies and design principles related to the government forum:

For more information, Lisa can be contacted:

Lisa Pinyan, IIDA Ga (Coastal Empire)

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