Design rationalization and the logic of design: a case study.

Per Galle

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    This is a study of the reasoning involved in justifying a decision chain from a given design brief (of an architectural competition on site planning) to a given solution (the winning entry). A logical method of analysis is presented and applied to the case data; the resulting findings include various ‘sources of credibility’ of premises, items of general background knowledge, and several (abductive and deductive) patterns of inference which suggest a possible ‘logic of design’. Rationalization of decisions is defined, and many decisions are found not to be fully rationalized, despite the apparent rationality of the reasoning.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDesign Studies
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)253-275
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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