As described in the COTE Toolkit, Designing for Integration involves creating a central design concept, designing spaces full of beauty and delight, and integrating the ‘integrative design process’. Best Practices include:
Central design concept
- Write a Vision Statement that resonates with the design team, the investors, the operators and managers, the users, the community, and the client. A shared direction that all stakeholders can rally around will set the stage early for positive outcomes.
- Understand and take full advantage of everything the site has to offer. This can include community amenities, local climatic conditions, or a unique history. Wrap these opportunities into a big-picture design concept that can incorporate sustainable design best practices from the other nine measures.
Beauty and delight
- Take inspiration from architectural history. The buildings we revere today provide lessons for the aesthetics or concepts that future generation will want to keep around.
- Incorporate lessons from other disciplines—such as psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience—to appeal to universal biological proclivities and culturally specific values.
- Diagram the relationship between the design concept and how sustainability measures are integrated and complementary to the project’s goals for beautiful design.