3 Briefing

Before the planning team gets too involved in a project, there are a few aspects that have to be dealt with. The architect has to see the plot of land and know what the client would like to build – these are the two basic requirements of every project. Once these basics are known to the planner, a number of decisions have to be made as to whether it is at all feasible to build. Feasible means possible as well as practicable and is influenced by a number of factors.

For example, the decision may depend on the access to the site, building lines and specific requirements regarding the number of storeys, parking provisions and, of course, geological conditions. The decision to proceed or stop lies with the client; however, it is the planner’s task to present the information in a structured way so that it is possible for the client to come to a decision.

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