chapter  23
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From sketch to design

Having become accustomed to using the sketchbook as an aid to visual understanding, it is not too much of a leap to begin thinking in design terms. Your sketches will not only have sharpened your perceptual awareness, but more importantly opened your eyes to how a designer thinks. Basically an architect or urban designer has to evolve a form – hopefully an elegant one – to suit a particular function, and relate it to a context. Hence design is a two-way process – working from the functional programme outwards, and from the physical surroundings inwards. How well the balance is struck establishes the appropriateness and even beauty of the design.