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Designing Post-Virtual Architectures: Wicked Tactics and World-Building

Heather Renee Barker (Assistant Professor of Design, California State University, USA)



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02 December 2019
Architecture; Theory of architecture
Designing Post-Virtual Architectures: Wicked Tactics and World-Building explores, describes, and demonstrates theories and strategies for design in a post-virtual world. This book reveals affinities among social, mathematical, philosophical, and language expressions integrated into a theoretical framework, facilitating design across physical and virtual space. This experience-driven framework forms the basis for data-driven, experience design methodologies. The implementation of these methodologies takes design work beyond the stylistic expressions of parameters, to data-driven, multi-modal, parametric processes of transformation.

With this book as a resource, architects and designers have a handbook of technical and philosophical concepts to lend rigor to their design work. Numerous diagrams delineate complex ideas while also acting as templates for creating, assessing, and communicating the meaning and value of designed solutions. As a handbook, the intention is to provide a guide to support the application of interdisciplinary tactics across strategic fields. Such novel approaches open up new ways of developing singular solutions and new ways to serve the distributed behaviours systemized through architectures. In an evolving contemporary condition, a foundation of rigorous human-centred design is central to moving the discipline of design into the future.

Providing a range of rigorous methodologies for those looking to develop project-specific strategies, Designing Post-Virtual Architectures: Wicked Tactics and World-Building is a tool to facilitate the creation of innovative and meaningful architectures, and is an ideal resource for postgraduate students of architectural theory, design theory and design methods, as well as academics and professionals practicing the field.
By:   Heather Renee Barker (Assistant Professor of Design California State University USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781138639973
ISBN 10:   1138639974
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   02 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Heather Renee Barker, Associate Professor of Design at California State University Long Beach, USA develops her work through the integration of research and practice. She is founding coordinator of the graduate Human Experience Design Interactions (MA_HXDI) program and the Immersive Design Research Lab and has served the city of Long Beach, California as Design Lead for the Bloomberg Philanthropies' funded Innovation Team (i-team) and as Design Strategy Lead for the Office of Civic Innovation.

Reviews for Designing Post-Virtual Architectures: Wicked Tactics and World-Building

We live in an era where advances in technology and changes in global social paradigms collide. Inspired by philosophical insights and drawing from methodologies across a wide spectrum of professional practices, Designing Post-Virtual Architectures sets forth necessary design frameworks to solve the wicked challenges for the modern age and beyond. -Jonathan Lo Creative Director, Virgin Orbit Heather Renee Barker is the embodiment of innovation-leveraging the practice of design to inform and transform the practice of public policy in the City of Long Beach. This book is a must read for practitioners-no matter the sector-who wish to improve user experience (from ground-up) and who seek breakthroughs in their life's work. -John Keisler, MPA City of Long Beach Director of Economic Development

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