Design Thinking

Design Thinking

by Peter G. Rowe

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Overview

In Design Thinking Peter Rowe provides a systematic account of the process of designing in architecture and urban planning. He examines multiple and often dissimilar theoretical positions whether they prescribe forms or simply provide procedures for solving problems—as particular manifestations of an underlying structure of inquiry common to all designing. Over 100 illustrations and a number of detailed observations of designers in action support Rowe's thesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262680677
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/14/1991
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Peter G. Rowe is Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design.

Table of Contents

1 Designers in Action
Case Study 1: Making an Urban Place
Case Study 2: Making a Building from a Formal Type
Case Study 3: Reconciling Two Large Ideas
Other Accounts
Observations and Questions about the Protocols
2 Procedural Aspects of Design Thinking
Some General Characteristics of Design Problems
Early Theoretical Positions
Staged-Process Models of Problem Solving in Design
The Information Processing Theory of Problem Solving
Heuristic Reasoning and Design "Situations"
Types of Rules and Constraints at Work in Design
Aspects of Design Behavior
Limitations of a Procedural View
3 Normative Positions That Guide Design Thinking
Normative Positions
Surface Features and Broad Inclinations
Further Differentiating Features
Problems of Substantiation
Theory and Practice
4 Architectural Positions and Their Realms of Inquiry
Two Realms of Inquiry
Architecture from a Naturalistic Interpretation of Man and His
World
Architecture from a Referential Interpretation
A Convergence of Issues
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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Endorsement

Peter Rowe's DesignThinking is a very useful compendium of ideas, examples, and literature about design inquiry in architecture. It is unusual to find in one source so many different perspectives, drawn from so many different fields of study.

Donald A. Schon, Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education, MIT

Peter McCleary

Design Thinking raises the intellectual level of the discourse on architecture in general, and architectural thinking in particular.

From the Publisher

Design Thinking raises the intellectual level of the discourse on architecture in general, and architectural thinking in particular.

Peter McCleary, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Rowe's DesignThinking is a very useful compendium of ideas, examples, and literature about design inquiry in architecture. It is unusual to find in one source so many different perspectives, drawn from so many different fields of study.

Donald A. Schon, Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education, MIT

Donald A. Schon

Peter Rowe's DesignThinking is a very useful compendium of ideas, examples, and literature about design inquiry in architecture. It is unusual to find in one source so many different perspectives, drawn from so many different fields of study.

Donald A. Schott

Peter Rowe's DesignThinking is a very useful compendium of ideas, examples, and literature about design inquiry in architecture. It is unusual to find in one source so many different perspectives, drawn from so many different fields of study.

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