Capturing Godís Vision for the Church
By: Michael D. Barnes
"Vision Casting" is a term for a process that is of particular interest to business clients as well as to church clients. Both communicating your design and casting your vision are very important. Churches and pastors alike are visionaries and see their future "in faith." Yet bankers, investors, and congregations often need direction and the opportunity to "see" before they believe and embrace.
By using 3D computer modeling as an important and essential tool in the communication process, a church architect can employ virtual reality animations to enable a project to visually come alive.
Regarding religious projects, the architect should combine PowerPoint presentations, 3D renderings, computer models, and computer animations to cast the vision.
A church architect can use these Old Testament models to develop a specialized systematic design approach. Through proper education, the architect can utilize a "Vision Casting" service, which includes a thorough impartation of these truths to the congregation during the presentation of the architectural design.
Real World Results
This vision is then communicated back to the congregation using computer-generated building renderings and computer-generated animations, resulting in a clear and understandable design solution most always warmly embraced by the entire congregation.
The Vision Quest
Before designing anything, the architect must know the needs, the goals, the capabilities, and the desires of the client. The vision can be translated into something tangible once the vision has been grasped.
The Vision in Focus
A successful building is like a skin that expresses physically what is already true of the owner's activities inside.
Functions such as administrative needs, restrooms, kitchens, gathering spaces, entries, and storage must be identified and have their optimum size established. Additional characteristics relating to budget and site must also be clearly identified.
The Vision Formed
Typically floor plans, building elevations, and 3D building sketches are generated for the client to see. Once the design concept has been accepted by the client, the drawings are put into a final presentation format. This often includes 3D digital renderings of the building, as well as a short movie, called an "animation," that powerfully conveys the completed design.
The Vision Told
This presentation event, often referred to as a Vision Casting Service, can take any form that is desirable. Successful examples range from a Sunday morning service, a Sunday evening service, or to a separate dinner event held during the week or on a Saturday evening.
Michael D. Barnes, A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B, is chief executive officer of Barnes Design Group, www.BarnesDesignGroup.com.