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Design-build per definition is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design-builder.
In the traditional approach for construction projects, the client separately hires the contractor and architect and the two must cooperate. The architect usually starts their job first and will design the building, eventually producing a set of drawings.
Design-Build is a project delivery method that merges the designer and builder so that the two are part of the same organization that handles the entire process (B2). It changes the traditional sequence of work. There is then a single point of responsibility to reduce risks and overall costs. It is now commonly used in many countries and forms of contracts are widely available. Having one organization handle both aspects of the process means that “buildability”(B3) can be part of the design process from day one, and aesthetics can be a consideration in every late-phase on-site decision.3 The result is aiming toward a cheaper and prettier building and better team relationship overall. Design-build plays an important role in pedagogy, both at universities and in independently organized events such as Archicamp or Bellastock, linked to the university of Paris-Belleville (B4).