Design is part of every human being. It is reflected in the presentation of attire; foods consumed and even the choice of décor. While degree of gifting in standard design is evident, everyone is involved in design in the basic meaning of the word. In simple definition, design is the conscious harmony of items that often brings pleasure. The approach of slow design in architecture is aimed at encouraging holistic way of life. In definition, Slow Design is a method that takes attention from the object and focuses on the designer’s goal and well-being.
The basic aim of this design model is to encourage people to focus on what’s good for the planet and consequently, its people. In the recent past, holistic living has gained some popularity. This is perhaps because the damage being done on the planet is finally showing. There is need for choosing healthier lifestyles. This means going beyond doing what is permissible and instead aiming for the beneficial. It is important to consider actions before going ahead.
Slow design in building projects aims to augment the people and the planet while also considering the impact on the same. Instead of merely acting because it is possible, this aims at doing what is necessary for the enhancement of earth. Beyond this, there is the consideration of the impact of the building project to the source of materials used in the design. Also, questions of the long-term impacts once the project is complete are raised and answered. In other words, slow design seeks to have an all round win for the people, the environment and the building. As long as harm is eliminated and wellness preserved, it is considered a success.
Synergy of the Universe
The principle upon which this model works is simple. The world is a big and beautiful interconnected network of different systems. This means that an action in one system can have a positive or negative effect on another. The planet is diverse in every way. If one thing is lost then something else will be affected and so on causing a wave effect. The aim of slow design is to preserve this diverse and even enhance it. This can be done by synergy. Synergy is where two or more system working independently joins and works together. At the end the combined result is greater than the sum of parts. Most of other designs leech on other systems such as the natural environment destroying it as in parasitism while other though not harmful, add no value.
Conventional Vs. Slow
The differences between conventional and slow design is obvious because of the approaches taken. First, the former focuses on the object of design while the latter draws focus towards the designer and the benefits that can be derived for all concerned. Second, the slow design at enhancing the interdisciplinary aspect while conventional is single minded in pursuit of the object’s design. Third, the aspect of holistic living is considered central in slow design while its counterpart does not consider it key. In addition, slow design is simple and includes as many human relationships and aspects such as religion and culture while embracing a democratic approach of accomplishing its purpose.
Slow design is above all things holistic and that’s its basis. This means that it concentrates on the interconnection that makes the whole instead of each independent part. It is also a model that does not have negative impact on the environment as well as having endurance requiring little or no maintenance. Slow design aims at maximum productivity making it highly efficient. This means expense and labor put in is not wasted. Slow design in building project also is customized to fit into the needs of the people and their environment. Other benefits include the uniqueness of the product achieved, its durability and adaptability.
As people continue learning the benefits of a slower life, it is expected that more will embrace it. With the holistic approach, the possibilities by which this field could expand into are endless. With consideration to cultural diversity and human physiological and psychological uniqueness as well as designs that promote use of locally available goods hence the economy, exponential growth can be accomplished. This is not only for the building projects but it’s also for earth and its inhabitants.