EDP Resources > Explore design and key design tasks
Explore design and key design tasks
Design is a creative, inquisitive activity that is also driven by values and emotions alongside practical considerations. Before embarking on a project, it’s useful to explore what design can do, and to prepare for working effectively with your architect. These resources have been designed to help you do this.
EXPLORE DESIGN: Community Buildings
Design can help you explore your building and make it a better place that meets your aspirations and needs. The Explore Design resource is a highly visual website that will help you to explore and understand the design of community buildings through a number of key themes.
DESIGN TRAINING: FILM
Developing a basic understanding of design and the design process is useful for any group aspiring to lead changes in their building. This film takes you through our Design Training workshop exploring ways in which community groups can unlock place potential.
DEVELOPING A SHARED PURPOSE: FILM
Design is an exploration of the outcomes that you want to achieve. This means defining your goals and priorities, the concerns that you want to address and the values that you want to serve. This film presents an approach to collaborating with others to create purpose statements to feed into your design vision.
UNEARTHING CHALLENGES, ASSETS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Design is an exploration of the issues that you want to address but also the assets that you have in your place (i.e. in your building and community) that can be mobilised to create opportunities for change. This resource provides a suggested approach to how you can collaboratively think about your challenges, assets and opportunities
TESTING AND PROTOTYPING IDEAS
Design is an activity of testing and prototyping ideas in order to get a better understanding of their pros and cons. This resource provides some tips on how to involve others in helping you to test different potential uses for your building.
WORKING WITH ARCHITECTS
Design projects often require the specialist expertise of architects. This resource aims to help you understand the different ways you can work with architects and what they can help you achieve at different stages of your project.