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On abduction in design

Kroll, E and Koskela, LJ 2014, On abduction in design , in: Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'14), 23 - 25 June, 2014, London.

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Abstract

The mechanism of design reasoning from function to form is addressed by examining the possibility of explaining it as abduction. We propose a new interpretation to some definitions of innovative abduction, to show first that the concept, idea, as the basis for solution must be present in the inference, and second, that the reasoning from function to form is best modeled as a two-step inference, both of the innovative abduction pattern. This double-abductive reasoning is shown also to be the main form of reasoning in the empirically-derived “parameter analysis” method of conceptual design. Finally, the introduction of abduction into design theory is critically assessed, and in so doing, topics for future research are suggested.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Design Computing and Cognition DCC’14.
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: LJ Koskela
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 14:39
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32032

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