Configuration of Architectural Spaces: The Role of Analogy in Contemporary Architecture Design Processes

By Mahmud Rezaei.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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In an effort to analyze the process of producing architectural forms and spaces, this article first studies the designing procedure and its two general stages of analysis and synthesis/composition. It then uses the viewpoints of some well-known theorists to classify the configurations of architectural space and form. These categories are then subjected to a critical analysis comparing successful works of some contemporary architects with the methods under discussion. The article reviews space configuration methods and narrows them down to a single indicator, called ‘analogy.’ It concludes that ‘analogy’ has been a major designing technique for architects who have mostly attempted to produce an ‘analogy’ between the outcome of their works and the elements of design – namely the “site,” “program,” “case studies,” and “themes” relevant or irrelevant to the projects. On the whole, “analogy” as used in this study, is demonstrated to be a meta-method or a chief method of design. Other techniques stem from different levels of “analogy,” from its more direct and objective manifestations to its more indirect and subjective ones.

Keywords: Architecture Design Process, Form Producing, Space Configuration, Analogy

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 541.033KB).

Dr. Mahmud Rezaei

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning, College of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Tehran Central Branch, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Dr. Mahmud Rezaei is an architect and urban designer. Since 1999, Dr. Mahmud Rezaei has been the Assistant Professor and faculty member of IAU and has taught at various universities in Iran and the UAE both in architecture and urban studies (planning and design) departments. Professor Rezaei has been the head of Urban and Regional Design and Planning (MA) Department at the College of Arts and Architecture of Tehran IAU and the Chairman of Urban Planning (MA) of IAU at UAE, which was set up by him. Apart from participating in International Architecture and Urban Design Competitions, he has also published several articles about architecture and urban design in Scientific Journals about his interests, including History, Theories, Methods and Process of Design and Planning. In 2007, he received the Research Award of IAU. Since 2004, he has been the chairman of the Board of Directors of Aryan Ravad Architecture Consultants in Tehran and has managed and designed several architectural and urban projects. Currently, Professor Rezaei is a faculty member and an assistant professor of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning at IAU, the UAE Branch located in Knowledge Village and Academic City, Dubai.