Assessing Design Value Systems: Fragmentation, Competition, and Crisis in a Global Industry

Raisbeck, Peter, Putra, Yvette ORCID: 0000-0001-8219-1872 and Chevez, Agustin (2018) Assessing Design Value Systems: Fragmentation, Competition, and Crisis in a Global Industry. In: Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density. The Architectural Science Association and RMIT University, Melbourne, pp. 425-432.

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Measuring Design Value has always been a difficult task for architects. This paper begins to describe the landscape of design value tools currently utilised across the globe. Inherent in assessing design value are questions of its definition, measurability, and implementation. The identification of factors which contribute to design value includes economic, environmental, and cultural factors. Rather than seeking, or highlighting a single Design Value methodology— as so-called silver bullet—this paper provides an overview and a critique of the global industry that surrounds different notions of Design Value. This overview is by no means exhaustive. This is the paper’s principal aim. Predominant and well known value frameworks and rating tools are identified, critiqued and summarised. These frameworks include CABE in the UK, The DQI, Leesman and multiple frameworks associated with Sustainability, Green Rating Systems and Post Occupancy Evaluation are surveyed. A number of policy frameworks developed by Australian Government architects are also discussed. The paper contends that the global industry that surrounds all these frameworks is highly fragmented, contested and competitive. This viewpoint arises because Design Value is not a fixed construct that cannot be easily templated and isolated from socio-technical contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design Value; Metrics; Rating Systems
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Yvette Putra
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 13:41
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22

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