What Designers Know

By Bryan Lawson

© 2004 – Routledge

140 pages

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Paperback: 9780750664486
pub: 2004-04-07
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About the Book

Each chapter deals with a different technique from which we can best represent and make explicit the forms of knowledge used by designers. The book explores whether design knowledge is special, and attempts to get to the root of where design knowledge comes from. Crucially, it focuses on how designers use drawings in communicating their ideas and how they ‘converse’ with them as their designs develop. It also shows how experienced designers use knowledge differently to novices suggesting that design ‘expertise’ can be developed. Overall, this book builds a layout of the kinds of skill, knowledge and understanding that make up what we call designing.

Table of Contents

Preface, 1- Uncovering design knowledge, 2- Why might design knowledge be special?3- Sources and types of knowledge, 4- Drawings and types of design knowledge, 5- Manipulating design knowledge embedded in drawings, 6- Exchanging design knowledge with computers Non-verbal communication. 7- Design Conversations, 8- Theoretical and experiential knowledge in design, 9- Expert Knowledge in Design

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC000000
ARCHITECTURE / General
ARC013000
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
BUS044000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics