The Universe of Design: Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and Planning by Jean-pierre ProtzenThe Universe of Design: Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and Planning by Jean-pierre Protzen

The Universe of Design: Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and Planning

byJean-pierre Protzen, David J. HarrisEditorJean-pierre Protzen

Hardcover | April 30, 2010

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This book examines the theoretical foundations of the processes of planning and design.

When people ¿ alone or in groups ¿ want to solve problems or improve their situation, they make plans. Horst Rittel studied this process of making plans and he developed theories ¿ including his notion of "wicked problems" ¿ that are used in many fields today. From product design, architecture and planning ¿ where Rittel¿s work was originally developed ¿ to governmental agencies, business schools and software design, Rittel¿s ideas are being used. This book collects previously unavailable work of Rittel¿s within the framework of a discussion of Rittel¿s theories and philosophical influences.

About The Author

Jean-Pierre Protzenis Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Horst Rittel¿s colleague and collaborator for over twenty years and since Rittel¿s death in 1990 has continued teaching Rittel¿s work at Berkeley.David J. Harriswas Protzen¿s student at Berkeley, and his dissertation, "Design Theory...

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Title:The Universe of Design: Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and PlanningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:041577988X

ISBN - 13:9780415779883

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Table of Contents

Prologue Part 1: Foundations  1.1. Reflections On The Scientific And Political Significance Of Decision Theory  1.2. Science and Design Seminars: Introduction  1.3. Seminar 1: Modes of Innovation  1.4. Seminar 2: Images and Message  1.5. Seminar 3: Communications  1.6. Seminar 4: Establishing Order  1.7. Seminar 5: Measuring Values and Images  1.8. Seminar 6: Environments  1.9. Seminar 7: Design  1.10. Seminar 8: Models of and for Design  1.11. Seminar 9: Models of and for Design 2  1.12. Seminar 10: Conclusion  Part 2: Wicked Problems  2.1. On the Planning Crisis  Part 3: Design Reasoning  3.1. Structure and Usefulness of Planning Information Systems  3.2. Issues As Elements Of Information Systems  3.3. The Reasoning of Designers  Part 4: Consequences of Design  4.1. Technological Change and Urban Structure  4.2. Pathologies of Planning.  Epilogue