oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - The micro-scale impact of architectural design



The paper describes the current framework which places barriers between the disciplines of environmental designers, underlining the extent of fragmentation and the need for a co-ordinated approach.

Design at the small scale is examined in its relationship to the total process. The effect of unco-ordinated decisions taken in related but separate planning disciplines is discussed and the consequences illustrated.
The impact of micro-scale design is examined with reference inter alia to the co-ordination of decision-making processes; attitudes to conservation, piecemeal growth and change; the notion of acceptable design criteria; user participation and response; and local group involvement. Aspects of the impact at the architectural scale will be illustrated.


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