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									Architecture 130 Spring 2001

   Introduction to Design
   Theories & Methods

          Professor W. Mike Martin
             Humberto Cavallin
              Elena Paparizou
  General Information

1. Course: ARCH 130 (3 units).
2. Title: Introduction to Design Theories
and Methods.
3. Semester: Spring 2001.
4. Meetings: 10 weeks (Jan 17 — March
23) Three 1-hour lectures per week for
the first four weeks, two 1-hour lectures
per week thereafter. In addition there
will be four 2-3 two-hour workshops,
three exam reviews, and 3-4 major
discussion sessions during the term.
5. Prerequisites: Upper division standing,
Arch100A and B, mathematics
6. Examinations: Exam 1, Feb 2, Exam 2,
Feb 31, Final Exam Mar 23
7. Major Project: A major term paper 25-
30 pages based on rigorous library
research and fieldwork. Workshops will
be provided to help develop the paper
during the term. The topic of the major
paper will be discussed in a future class
8. Evaluation: Examinations 75%, Major
Paper 25%
OBJECTIVES: Arch 130 is a survey
course. The emphasis is on the
foundations for systematic approaches to
design and on providing an overview of
these approaches, their ad-vantages and
disadvantages. Some methods will be
studied in detail, exemplifying some
typical modes of reasoning. In particular,
the course will:
— describe and discuss various
philosophies and styles of design,
— identify particular difficulties of
designing and investigate their nature,
— present and demonstrate various tools,
techniques, and methods as they become
relevant in the process of designing.
As a result, the student should
become familiar with the theoretical
and methodological issues of their
work, and they should achieve some
critical knowledge of the various
approaches in design. In addition,
they should be able to apply some
concepts and procedures to their
own design problems.
 What is design?
 What is the nature of its problems?
 What are the specific difficulties     of
 How to cope with these difficulties?

  The series of lectures will develop the
  material. Weekly section meetings will
  serve to discuss, clarify, and elaborate
  the issues, as well as to assist in the
  development of the major paper.
              Course Calendar
Wee   Date           Lectures                      Assignments

 1     Jan    Why study Design?         Readings:
       17                               Cuff, Royal Institute ...
              Designers' Self-images

 2     22     Definitions of Design     Readings:
                                        Cuff (continued), Jones (1),
       24     A Model of Design         Siegel

        26    Doctrines of creativity   Proposal Workshop

 3     29     Morphological Methods I   Readings:
                                        Jones (2), Schön (1)
       31     Topological Methods I

      Feb 2   Examination 1             Paper Proposal Due
4       5        Values in Design and
                 Formation of Judgement
    7            An Evaluation Method            Dehlinger, Protzen

    9            Evaluations by Groups           Paper Draft Workshop

5   12         Schemes of Evaluation             Readings:
                                                 Bross, Haldane, Thompson

    14          Cost-Benefit Analysis            Assignment 3 due in section

                                                 Hand-out of Assignment 4:


            anticipating the context of design

                 The unknown user and the
    21           unknown context                 Readings:
                                                 Archer, Simon (1 & 2)
7    26          Orders of magnitude          Readings:
                                              Schön (3), Rittel/Webber, Rittel
      28         Procedural vs Prescriptive   (1)
                                              Paper Draft Due
      31        Examination 2

            first generation theories

                 Technical Rationality
                 Design as a Staged-Process
                 (Asimow, Archer)

8   Mar 5        Design as Information        Readings:
                 Processing (Simon)           Rittel (2 & 3), Schön (3)

     7           Design as Decomposition

9           second generation theories

     12          Paradoxes of Rationality     Final Paper Due
                 Design Problems are Wicked

     14          Design as Argumentation
10   19        Design as              Pin-up and Review of
               Reflection-in-Action   Assignment 6

     21       conclusion

     23   final exam

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