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Demonstrate your understanding of the design process by discussing the processes and methodologies utilised in developing the design solution for Property development using solar power

In property development there is a dominant theoretical method for implementing designs in relation to products. This theory is one that has been tried and tested and has come to form an established norm in the construction of developing property. However, as is very often the case with property, the requirement of developing such a product is often not standardised and requires more than an established method of doing things, which naturally requires artistic innovation. In line with existing theories, the notion of creating a new direction and scope of invention within a pre-existing process involves a change in design. This has an impact throughout the entire range of departments associated with the development, running from the architects, through manufacturing incorporating knowledge from economic viability to practical ability. This in itself is a vast process that requires a change in the pre-existing system guided by a theory that has been tried and tested. Along the chain of development, this implements itself into the existing procedure by way of a brief. That is to say, that the customer or client or possibly even a supervisor active within the process requests or identifies a problem within the existing development that needs solving. The significance of this is that it has a potential effect upon the entire development, ranging from the structural or foundational integrity of the development to the superficial exponents of the development. This means that when a problem is identified within the process, a brief is then written and sent to a design team or designer, which initiates the design phase of the procedure of development. In this instance, the established conceptual theory is an integral part of the established knowledge system of the design process. From the identification of a problem or idea relating to the introduction of a different system, the design solution begins before it can be transferred to the manufacturing phase of the development procedure. This is therefore viewed as a problem in relation to established theories (Amacchino, 2007). It is here where we address the notion of implementing the integration of solar power within property redevelopment in relation to this design phase.  

The process involved in developing a design solution is integral to the process of the design outcome and ultimate success of a new design being adapted to a product. In this case, it is the introduction of solar power within the development of property or a property. This process can be seen throughout the domain of art and design and is significant to property development in which a product (the property) is already existent. The methodology used is similar, yet distinct from the scientific method, in that it combines the elements associated with formulaic positivist research with empirical testing (Ashby & Johnson, 2002). However, this is always seen in relation to a governing and constant directive norm, similar to that of a natural law in the sciences. This 'law' is particular to the product itself and the underlying components to the product that the consumer demands and that are deemed integral to the identity of the product. In the case of property, we can see this generally as the notion of a house or building.

Further factors are accredited to the overall solution development of the manufacturing process at this point. Essentially, this is seen alongside the process of testing the concept designs. It is through the process of testing the design that the relevance of the new concept can be deemed successful or unsuccessful in relation to its creation of a new theory that incorporates the implementation of solar power. However, rather than this being a simple cognitive process of acceptance and rejection, the requirement of this procedure is to ascertain the certain strengths and weaknesses at this stage (Baxter, 1995). This means that the process can be amended or the specifically flawed components involved be addressed so as to re-align the overall concept to design to fit the failings in certain tests. This final process in devising a design theory in relation to the brief can be seen as beginning in the presentation phase, though this is in a more dynamic and scientifically led domain (Belliveau, 2002). That is to say, that the testing is done through various rationales and hypotheses put forward by the design team. For example, the presentation of a new design theory incorporating the implementation of solar power systems will be delivered via the findings of both robust and empirical analysis. This is given through both verbal and textual rationale (Belliveau, 2002).

The verbal delivery of the rationale therefore requires information gathered from the three stages of the design process following the brief and is put together through taking in the elements of the product norms, the design theory before being cast against the new theoretic components. This is set up alongside the textual rationale. The textual rationale offers the written analysis of the product design by highlighting in both positivist and empirical terms what has gone into the specific design theory. Within this final process the outcomes are assessed by way of feedback and coordinated via the manufacturing potentials and requirements (Belliveau, 2002). In essence, the feedback is the test data for the success of the solar design taken from the delivery of the concept theory and can perhaps be viewed as theory testing. That is to say, that the validity of the concept is tested against the manufacturing processes and given the viability for production, such as factoring cots and capabilities within the manufacturing constraint (Ashby & Johnson, 2002). This also aligns itself with the brief requirements that if passed will reconcile itself as being amicable to move onto the next stage of property development thereby constituting itself as a new design theory and in turn overcoming the problem. Essentially, the process of design concept will have been completed and the next stage of product delivery can be undergone as the solution has been ascertained meaning the successful integration of a system of solar power within the development of the property.     

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