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Client requirement representations and transformations in construction project design

Collinge, W. H. (2017) Client requirement representations and transformations in construction project design. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 15 (2). pp. 222-241. ISSN 1726-0531

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JEDT-03-2016-0022


Exploring how client requirements undergo representational and transformational shifts through the design process, a social semiotic framework is mobilized to examine a series of construction project representations of hospital department configurations in their context of use as meaning making resources. The analysis reveals how semiotic resource use is intrinsic to design work: the deployment and use of sign constructs influencing multiple processes including communications, relations between parties and stakeholder engagement. Supported by practitioner opinion, it is contended that construction project design work may be understood as social semiotic practice: both client parties and designers judiciously employing sign constructs to represent requirements in a process that can be politically sensitive, competitive and temporally constrained.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:68351
Uncontrolled Keywords:hospitals; communications; social semiotics; requirements; briefing; design practices; visualization


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