Mapping and Abstract exercises extracts out arbitrary but often critical information that are often missed out by casual and straightforward research.
Oftentimes, the influence of derivations, process and research do not hold a high level of importance to architectural firms due to their painstaking process and would cost billable hours to a seemingly " non- productive" discourse. Or maybe perhaps, such process is tailored to those who can mentally afford to do so.
Sadly, the precedents of good architecture do not fit the capitalist nature of most business models. It again boils down to one thing-- do we need a habitable space ? or architecture.
The most important elements of the process are the intangibles.