A phase shift takes place in large design and construction projects when they transform from large complicated systems into difficult complex adaptive systems.
One of the central themes of my book, Architecture 3.0, is the idea that architects are trained to be problem solvers, or as I call them, design solvers.
All architects are essentially design problem solvers. We see the world as messy, interactive, and sometimes chaotic system, and tend to compartmentalize pieces of systems thinking into our design solutions.
Here on the Stanford Medical Center site in Palo Alto, Calif., we are building two hospitals. My project is the New Stanford Hospital, but just east of us, less than a quarter of a mile away, is the new construction for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. This means that within an area just a little larger than Stanford Stadium, we are building more than 1.3 million-sq.ft., of new acute care healthcare space.
This issue’s article celebrates my return to the field. While still in a role as owner, I am changing venues and joining the New Stanford Hospital project team as a senior project manager, with a focus on BIM (building information modeling) services.
In previous articles I have identified the system problems that are created with one-off solutions. What about the design phase of the project?
Will future computational rules-based models help redefine architectural deliverables in order to reframe the requirements of standard of care? As owners we continue to ask why our teams’ deliverables continue to be so poor.
Most design and construction digital-delivery data solutions are just that; a single solution. However single solutions at the end of the project usually leave a mess of unintended consequences.
As a healthcare facility owner with more than 70 years of building ownership, we have been handed all kinds of “stuff” at the end of a project. In the past, this stuff used to include tons of paper (for example one of our hospital projects from 2004 had more than 2,000 drawings for its construction set).