Once, your attention is drawn to real architectural things like light as an element of architecture, view, openings, enclosure, circulation in the time dimension as an element of architecture, open public space as an element of architecture, darkness as an element of architecture (as in Temple Bar restaurants), time as an element of architecture (you cannot see a whole building at once, but you know your way around it in 4 dimensions) . . . . you begin to see that these couple of basic design issues are all around you.
The inversion of this skill in observation, makes a good designer - a designer with the ability to separate the important issues from the bullshit ones. To in turn, strategically concentrate time, effort and purpose of their own endeavour and that of others, on the key areas. Easy? No, not always.
I like this web site too, which has lots of ... CLickSome of the most simple
interventions, making pretty dull, everyday streets much, much better in Asian cities. Street look like you could eat from them too. What Temple Bar might have been?
Small people need to be considered too, especially near to places where mums/dads might wait for buses, LUAS etc.
But in residential too -
sometimes, the treatment of edges and intermediary spaces. The provision of open space in a city
by use of density and higher buildings. Libeskind VIZ-ualist
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