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Research by design intends to bring in expressive and

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Research by design intends to bring in expressive and systematic tools in the research process, and concerns the direct relationship between analysing and the proposing. It endeavours to incorporate and develop the working method of architects – the searching spatial sketching in a specific material - in the environment of academic research and development. Through research by design, concordance is sought between the methods of research and a form-giving, experimental design practice. Research by design is research that produces knowledge through the architect’s tools and working methods. It investigates the research inquiry from the practitioner’s methods and acknowledges practise as a mean of gaining new knowledge. Research by design suggests an agreement between architectural practice and research process and methodology, as both fundamentally can be said to consist of the following elements: 1. Basic perceptions: philosophical, ethical and theoretical perceptions, norms and values regarding the surrounding world, the role of architecture and the object itself (architecture). These are a prerequisite (paradigm) for the research process, which can be discussed and in part advocated, possibly as basic research . 2. Investigations: analysis, criticism, selection, problem formulation... i.e. the process in everyday life. 3. Programme: the actual problem, the definition of partial assignments and goals in an overall programme (rules and norms). This can take the form of strategic research . 4. Proposals: (product) development work: a concrete, spatial proposal as a possible reply to the programme; the experimental and partially independent aspect of the analysis. 5. Subsequent rationalisation: argumentation, theoretical explanation of the proposal and subsequent testing in practice, if applicable. 6. Communication: presenting the material in the form of a text, drawing, model or example that explains the correlation between the components of the methodology in a manner that is consistent, reasoned, made probable and cannot be contradicted.
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  • Spring '14
  • MarkAChaves

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