General Systems Theory Based Integral Design Method

DS 58-5: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 5, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 1), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Zeiler, Wim; Savanovic, Perica
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 217-228


The paper provides insight in a specific design model, Integral Design, derived from the design model Methodical Design developed at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in the early seventies for applications in the Mechanical Engineering domain. Methodical Design is a combination of German and Anglo-American design approaches and general system theory. Utilizing Methodical design proved to be a good method to teach students how to design in a mechanical engineering context. Integral Design was proposed to help to cope with the growing complexity of building design. The Integral Design method was taught in workshops for professionals in which elements of the Integral Design model were tested for use in practice. This resulted in an Integral Design course which is now part of the permanent professional education program of the Dutch Society of architects. The focus in this paper is on the description of the root of Integral Design: Methodical design and its relation to general system theory.

Keywords: Integral Design, General Systems Theory, Methodocal Design


Please sign in to your account

This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties. Privacy Policy.