Rethink! Prototyping

Transdisciplinary Concepts of Prototyping

  • Christoph Gengnagel
  • Emilia Nagy
  • Rainer Stark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Christoph Gengnagel, Emilia Nagy, Rainer Stark
    Pages 1-8
  3. Perspectives on Prototyping

  4. Rethinking Prototyping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Kai Lindow, André Sternitzke
      Pages 85-87
    3. Konrad Exner, André Sternitzke, Simon Kind, Boris Beckmann-Dobrev
      Pages 89-127
    4. Benjamin Bähr, Sebastian Möller
      Pages 129-160
    5. Jussi Ängeslevä, Iohanna Nicenboim, Jens Wunderling, David Lindlbauer
      Pages 161-199
    6. Jussi Ängeslevä, Benjamin Bähr, Boris Beckmann-Dobrev, Ulrike Eichmann, Konrad Exner, Christoph Gengnagel et al.
      Pages 201-210
  5. Joint Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Ulrike Eichmann, Emilia Nagy
      Pages 213-240

About this book


In this book, the authors describe the findings derived from interaction and cooperation between scientific actors employing diverse practices. They reflect on distinct prototyping concepts and examine the transformation of development culture in their fusion to hybrid approaches and solutions.

The products of tomorrow are going to be multifunctional, interactive systems – and already are to some degree today. Collaboration across multiple disciplines is the only way to grasp their complexity in design concepts. This underscores the importance of reconsidering the prototyping process for the development of these systems, particularly in transdisciplinary research teams.

“Rethinking Prototyping – new hybrid concepts for prototyping” was a transdisciplinary project that took up this challenge. The aim of this programmatic rethinking was to come up with a general concept of prototyping by combining innovative prototyping concepts, which had been researched and developed in three sub-projects: “Hybrid Prototyping” developed new prototyping approaches to validate and evaluate holistically developed systems with their services, infrastructure and business models. “Blended Prototyping” addressed a new technique whereby prototypes for user interfaces of software applications can be generated from hand drawings and immediately be tested. “Beyond Prototyping” examined the issue of the prototype in connection with algorithmically generated design for producing tailor

 made products.


Beyond Prototyping Blended Prototyping Hybrid Prototyping User Interfaces Product Service Systems Rapid Manufacturing Smart Hybrid Prototyping Prototyping Approaches Transdiscipilary Research Combined Prototyping Concepts Collaboration across multiple disciplines

Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Gengnagel
    • 1
  • Emilia Nagy
    • 2
  • Rainer Stark
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Architecture and Urban PlanBerlin University of the ArtsBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Hybrid PlattformBerlin University of the ArtsBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Industrial Information TechnologyTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24437-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24439-6
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