Morphology: A Tool for Design and Analysis of Design

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; Quanjel, Emile
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 293-304


Building design involves multi-disciplinary design teams in order to integrate contributions to solve the complex design task from different disciplines such as architecture, construction, building physics and building services. To support this highly complex process the Integral Design method is used as a framework for structuring the design process and the reflection on the design process itself. By using multi-disciplinary morphological overviews, a combination of mono-dicipline morphological charts, communication can be structured between design team members. Also the morpholocal overviews offer the possibility for reflection on the design results by the design team members. With the help of the C-K ( Concept-Knowledge) theory of Hatchuel and Weil, we especially focus on the generation of new concepts / new design knowledge. This method was tested in workshops for professionals from the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and the Dutch Association of Consulting Engineers (ONRI). During the last 5 years over 250 professionals have participated in these workshops.

Keywords: Integral design, Morphology, Design tool, Design teams


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