Modelling design interpretation as intercation of problem framing and problem solving

Dzbor, Martin and Zdrahal, Zdenek (2002). Modelling design interpretation as intercation of problem framing and problem solving. In: Proceedings of DETC�02: ASME 2002 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.

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Abstract

Design is usually considered a reflective and ill-structured process.This paper presents a new, sequential model of such aprocess. Design is modelled as an interplay of two conceptuallydistinct activities – an explicit specification of a problem and asolution to it. The approach is novel in defining an operation offraming, i.e. interpretation of a given problem using certainconceptual commitments. So far, the interpretation of design problems enjoyed less rigorous investigation as the aspect of problem solving in both design theory and methodology. In this paper we model three reasoning patterns for (re-)interpreting design problems. These patterns are complemented by an operational framework based on abstracted similarity, and illustrated by extracts from experimental studies.

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