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Ahuja, R, Jain, M, Sawhney, A and Arif, M (2016) Adoption of BIM by architectural firms in India: technology–organization–environment perspective. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 311–30.

Blanco, J (2016) Beyond the checklist: an approach to understand practitioner experience during sustainable design process. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 266–78.

Edirisinghe, R, Stranieri, A and Blismas, N (2016) Information visualisation for the wicked problem of safe construction design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 296–310.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Design for safety; façade design; information visualisation; safe construction; wicked design;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2016.1182890
  • Abstract:
    Prevention through Design has been identified as an effective means to enhance construction safety. However, design professionals, clients and other stakeholders often have limited experience of construction processes. Although processes and tools have been advanced to support stakeholders, very few have been adopted in practice. The complexities inherent in designing for safe construction suggest this to be a wicked problem using criteria advanced by Rittel and Weber. Approaches advanced to solve wicked problems outside construction are not applicable for solving construction design problems, largely because they require that stakeholders expend an impractical amount of time and energy to arrive at amenable solutions. Instead, an approach that utilises information visualisation addresses criteria for wicked problem resolution. The promise of information visualisation for this wicked problem has been illustrated through a case study involving façade design. An infographic was generated following structured interviews with building designers and safety experts. A workshop involving 20 designers, engineers and safety experts demonstrated that the infographic prompted participants to identify risks not previously considered and stimulated discussion about mitigation or reduction. There was unanimous agreement that the information visualisation could feasibly be adopted within the construction industry’s tight time and resource constraints.

Emmitt, S (2016) Editorial. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 251–2.

Heylighen, A, Schijlen, J, Van der Linden, V, Meulenijzer, D and Vermeersch, P (2016) Socially innovating architectural design practice by mobilising disability experience. An exploratory study. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 253–65.

Zapata-Lancaster, G and Tweed, C (2016) Tools for low-energy building design: an exploratory study of the design process in action. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(04), 279–95.