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Main Title: Why designing is not experimenting: design methods, epistemic praxis and strategies of knowledge acquisition in architecture
Author(s): Ammon, Sabine
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Using the example of architecture, this article defends the thesis that designing should not be regarded as a kind of experimenting. This is in contrast to a widespread methodological claim that design processes are equivalent to experimentation processes. The contrary thesis can be proven by focusing on actual practices, techniques and design strategies. Closely connected with the thesis is an even more important epistemological claim, which contends that designing serves not only to develop artefacts but is also a means of acquiring genuine knowledge. When the epistemic relevance of said practices, techniques and strategies is reassessed, designing emerges clearly as an independent epistemic praxis. To defend the thesis, the present article draws on and analyses empirical material from an ethnographic field study in order to back up the conceptual analysis.
Issue Date: 2017
Date Available: 28-Aug-2017
DDC Class: 100 Philosophie und Psychologie
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Subject(s): designing
epistemic strategies
epistemology of designing
Sponsor/Funder: EC/FP7/600209/EU/International Post-Doc Initiative of the Technische Universität Berlin/IPODI
Journal Title: Philosophy & Technology
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Heidelberg
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s13347-017-0256-4
EISSN: 2210-5441
ISSN: 2210-5433
Appears in Collections:FG Arbeitslehre / Technik und Partizipation » Publications

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