Generic Abstraction in Design Creativity

Abstract

This study examines the role of generic abstraction in architectural design, specifically how it facilitates design exploration through formulation of a family of design schemes. We maintain that exploration in design, as it is in scientific discovery, is not solely based on serendipity, as often claimed, but that designers often reason in ways that strategically structure their explorations. We single out three instances of structuring through ‘generic abstraction’ in the case study of Staatsgalerie by Stirling.


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