Design Methodology and Relationships with Science

  • M. J. de Vries
  • N. Cross
  • D. P. Grant

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 71)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Design methodology as an emerging discipline

  3. Historical and contemporary case studies

  4. Philosophical/methodological perspectives

  5. Educational implications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-327

About this book


Many business corporations are faced with the challenge of bringing together quite different types of knowledge in design processes: knowledge of different disciplines in the natural and engineering sciences, knowledge of markets and market trends, knowledge of political and juridical affairs. This also means a challenge for design methodology as the academic discipline that studies design processes and methods. The aim of the NATO ARW of which this book is the report was to bring together colleagues from different academic fields to discuss this increasing multidisciplinarity in the relationship between design and sciences. This multidisciplinarity made the conference a special event. At a certain moment one of the participants exclaimed: "This is not a traditional design methodology conference!" Throughout the conference it was evident that there was a need to develop a common language and understanding to enable the exchange of different perspectives on design and its relationship with science. The contributions that have been included in this book show these different perspectives: the philosophical, the historical, the engineering perspective and the practical designer's experience.


automation conceptual design design design education engineering design science

Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. de Vries
    • 1
  • N. Cross
    • 2
  • D. P. Grant
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophy and Social SciencesEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of TechnologyOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  3. 3.Architecture DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4252-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8220-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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