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Design Research Foundations

Design Cybernetics

Navigating the New

Editors: Fischer, Thomas, Herr, Christiane M. (Eds.)

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  • Offers practical guidance for cybernetic processes of design and innovation
  • Uses accessible, non-technical language
  • A foundational work that will help establish design cybernetics as an academic discipline
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Design Cybernetics: Navigating the New

Design cybernetics offers a way of looking at ourselves – curious, creative, and ethical humans – as self-organising systems that negotiate their own goals in open-ended explorations of the previously unknown. It is a theory of and for epistemic practices (learning, designing, researching) that is deeply committed to the autonomy of others and hence offers no prescriptive methodology. Design cybernetics describes design practice as inextricable from conversation – a way of enquiring, developing shared understanding and reaching the new that harnesses reliable control as well as error and serendipity.

 

Recognising circular causality, observer-dependency and non-determinability, design cybernetics extends beyond tenets of scientific research into the creative, ethical and aesthetic domain. From this perspective, design is not an ill-conceived subset of scientific research. Instead, scientific research emerges as a particularly restricted subset of the broader human activity of design.

This volume offers a cross-section of design cybernetic theory and practice with contributions ranging across architecture, interior lighting studies, product design, embedded systems, design pedagogy, design theory, social transformation design, research epistemology, art and poetics, as well as theatre and acting. Addressing designers, design educators and researchers interested in a rigorous, practice-based epistemology, it establishes design cybernetics as a foundational perspective of design research.

 

“This is a conceptually elegant, well structured, and comprehensive presentation of design cybernetics. It fills a gap in the literature of the field.”

Ken Friedman, Chair Professor, Tongji University

 

“This book offers a valuable and timely introduction to second-order cybernetics as society grapples with complex issues like climate change and rising inequality.”

Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab


About the authors

Thomas Fischer is a design researcher, epistemologist and cybernetician. He is a Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Architecture at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. Thomas is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a Fellow of the Design Research Society and received the American Society for Cybernetics’ Warren McCulloch Award. Thomas holds a PhD in Education from the University of Kassel in Germany and a PhD in Architecture and Design from RMIT University in Australia. His research is focused on epistemological issues of design computing, design cybernetics, and digital media.

 

Christiane M. Herr is an architectural researcher and educator focusing on the areas of structural design, digitally supported design, radical constructivism, design pedagogy and traditional Chinese approaches to creative thinking. Christiane is a Senior Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, where she directs the Master of Architectural Design as well as the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering programmes. Christiane is President of the Association for Computer Aided Design Research in Asia and a member of the executive board of the American Society for Cybernetics.


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Design Cybernetics
Book Subtitle
Navigating the New
Editors
  • Thomas Fischer
  • Christiane M. Herr
Series Title
Design Research Foundations
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18557-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18557-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18556-5
Series ISSN
2366-4622
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 304
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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