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Improving design quality and value in the built environment through knowledge of intangibles

Abdul-Samad, Z and Macmillan, SG (2004) Improving design quality and value in the built environment through knowledge of intangibles. IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, 3. pp. 898-902.

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Raising design quality and value in the built environment requires continuous improvement, drawing on feedback from clients or occupiers and other industry players. The challenging task for architectural and engineering designers has always been to use their intellectual knowledge to deliver both forms of benefits, tangibles and intangibles, in the built environment. Increasingly as clients demand best value for money, there is a greater need to understand the potential from intangibles, to see projects not as ends in themselves but as means to improved quality of life and wealth creation. As we begin to understand more about how - through the design of the built environment - to deliver these improvements in outcomes, clients will be better placed to expect their successful delivery from designers, and designers themselves will be better placed to provide them. This paper discusses cross-disciplinary issues about intangibles and is aimed at designers, clients, investors and entrepreneurs within the built environment. It presents some findings from a minuscule study that investigated intangible benefits in a new primary school. © 2004 IEEE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Built environment Design quality intangible benefits Designers Value
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron job
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 14:13
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2015 12:09