For the profession, design build as a project delivery system is growing and academic programs can provide a proving ground for optimizing and expanding this system. The community service component of Educational Design-Build (E.D.B.) sets an example for the profession by better educating the underserved public as to the importance of design. And through design build, designers sustain the design process during construction and introduce craft at every level.
The profession can learn from the Lafayette Gridshell design process. Penetrating research was performed. Students carefully listened to potential clients. Conclusions were shared, tested, and documented. A variety of design schemes were explored individually. Then as an integrated team, a democratic design constitution was established and a final design was developed. This non-hierarchical process resulted in better collaboration and team member ownership, AND ultimately a better design.
E.D.B. programs like the Building Institute teach architects to be proactive and initiate their own projects. The profession cannot wait for the public, the market, or developers to ask for better design, they have to set an example by becoming agents of change. E.D.B. programs are necessary for the profession’s own survival through better prepared future architects and therefore it is hoped that architecture firms will make greater investments of time and money in their local universities.
Likewise, University administrations must make a larger and more thorough commitment to E.D.B. Program accreditation should require design-build programs to meet additional criteria and the National Council of Architectural Records Boards should allow greater Intern Development Program experience hours from E.D.B. for interns and students.
"Unhurried building” is intended to be a rallying cry for E.D.B. and professional practice. This “build-at-any-cost” mentality, as Stephen Verderber calls it, has to be resisted. Unhurried building is an attempt to codify the methodology of building with quality and sustainability as primary goals. Unhurried building does not mean that sustainability is not urgently needed but instead that architect’s must conduct careful observation, planning, and construction to reach these goals. Unhurried building also reflects the mindset that the owner, architect, contractor and community must have during the process. Their agenda must be directed towards long-term goals not short-term gains. On a micro-level, unhurried building calls for a new paradigm of design research, construction documentation, supply-chain control, and building craft. When these processes are hurried, quality declines but more importantly we lose sight of architect’s most critical responsibility- the health, safety, and welfare of the humans, animals, plants, and environment of the planet.
When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.
-Henry David Thoreau