The following pattern is a guide to what you might cover during your design.
Either follow this through as described, or use it as a basis for your own ideas.
Describe your site
- Explain the context of your design, where it is located, size of site etc.
- Show your base map and any overlays showing zones, sectors, desire lines etc.
- Does the site have any significant slope?
- How do microclimates vary across the site?
- What is the soil like? Does it vary in content, depth, pH etc. across the site?
- What flora and fauna is present on the site?
- What about structures, tools and events?
The client interview
- Who are the client(s)?
- What do they like / dislike about the current situation?
- What are their unmet needs and wants?
- What are their values and their vision?
- What is their timescale and budget for the design?
Boundaries / Limiting factors
What are the key limiting factors of the site?
- What energy and resource leaks does the site currently suffer from?
- What other limitations are there?
What are the key limiting factors for the client(s)?
- What are the key restraints (physical / ‘invisible’) for the client?
What is available to use on, or near to the site?
- What resources (cheap, free, or abundant) and skills are locally available?
What knowledge, abilities and skills do the client(s) have?
- What do the client(s) have to offer?
What were the key functions that you identified?
- And what aspects of your client interview and site observation led you to choose
What systems and elements did you choose to fulfil those functions?
- And why did you choose them?
- What evaluation methods did you use to help you make your decisions?
What connections did you make?
- What elements were you able to connect into mutually supported systems (or systems into patterns)?
What principles / patterning did you apply?
- Where did you apply any principles or patterns to your design decisions?
Show your final design
- Reveal your final design drawing / overlay / model, or whatever other format you decided upon to convey your ideas.
- Explain your main recommendations, the key things that will make the system function more effectively.
- Were you able to improve the site zoning pattern?
Where should the client start?
- Explain a ‘minimum effort for maximum effect’ strategy that will ensure early success and motivate the client to do more.
Show a simple implementation plan
- Lay out a basic timeline with suggested tasks.
- Provide some short to long-term options for a low and high time / money investment.
Describe any maintenance required
- What ongoing maintenance will need to be attended to?
- What elements will need clear instructions?