Design Process – Renders or illustrations?

Design Process – Renders or illustrations?

“Every piece of architecture comes into context as part of a collage.”

Inspired by Rafael Moneo, the mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao refuses to produce computer visualisations of designs still in progress.
Every piece of architecture comes into context as part of a collage. Sometimes it becomes the detonator of many things, sometimes it’s just one addition, sometimes it gets lost in that complexity, and sometimes it becomes the icon, the new point of reference for that context. She always thought that her architecture comes to any context, that it adds something to the collage.

Architect Tatiana Bilbao

She says that making collages helps her to develop more exciting buildings. Her work doesn’t contain any computer renderings; instead designs for projects such as Casa Ajijic and Vivienda Popular are shown through models, sketches and collages.
The architect doesn’t like finalised images as they can become obstacles in the creative process. She prefers collage as she believes it fosters a more collaborative approach to design.

Renders “dangerous and damaging”

Bilbao, 47, vowed to stop producing renderings for clients following her first residential project. Her client had been surprised by the result, because he had a fixed idea in his mind based on an early rendering.

“He stopped following the process because he fixed an image into his mind,” she explained. “I thought, this could be very dangerous and damaging to the creative process.”

“I totally believe that the process is a dialogue,” she continued, “and obviously in that case it became only a monologue, because my mind evolved and his mind stayed with that image.”

“After that we banned renders from our process, until the very end,” she said.

The idea to start using collage came to Bilbao by chance, while working on a proposal for one of her best-known projects, Casa Ventura.
“It was the first collage we made for a client and for me it was a revelation,” she said. “Collage became an incredible tool for design with a lot of meanings for us.”

Collaboration is key

This collaborative technique epitomises Bilbao’s entire approach to architecture. She often likes to involve other creative minds, rather than taking on everything herself.

A key example of this is the Ruta del Peregrino, a project to create architectural interventions along a 72-mile pilgrimage route in Jalisco, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Bilbao invited respected names, from artist Ai Weiwei to Chilean architecture practice Elemental, to design different sections.

Ruta del Peregrino - Photo by Iwan Baan

Source: dezeen.com

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