Design as a Multidimensional Inquiry

  • Bela H. Banathy
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


The topic of this chapter is social systems design as a multidimensional human activity of disciplined inquiry. First we inquire into the cognitive aspects of systems and design thinking, systems and design knowing and understanding. Then, we unfold multiple perspectives that extend the scope of design inquiry. We explore how values and ethics underlie our actions and our aspirations as we seek to envision and pursue the ideal. Then, we find that creativity and communication are two distinctive and unique properties of the design experience. These dimensions are explored to examine their special role in adding value to social systems design.


Social System Design Ideal System Multiple Perspective Core Idea System Thinking 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bela H. Banathy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International Systems InstituteCarmelUSA
  2. 2.Saybrook Graduate SchoolSan FranciscoUSA

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