Typification and Evaluation in Design

by John W. Wade,
Bettina De Dios,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Recently, writers on design theory have characterized the design process as an interaction between broad categories of design knowledge and their application in unique situations. The knowledge categories in question are based in the notion of 'types.' Further, a typological view of design suggests that a designer keys knowledge from specific design situations to generic versions of those situations; it suggests that a designer invokes those generic situations in order to deal with current specific situations. If this view of design is correct, then a number of interesting subsidiary processes occur. The most important of these is in the classic interplay between classification and evaluation.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Construction industry | Knowledge-based systems | Construction management

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