Design Theory ’88

Proceedings of the 1988 NSF Grantee Workshop on Design Theory and Methodology

  • Sandra L. Newsome
  • W. R. Spillers
  • Susan Finger
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Industrial Prespective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roland W. Schmitt
      Pages 2-7
  3. Cognitive and Social Aspects of the Design Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Alice M. Agogino, Jonathan Cagan, Michael J. Molezzi
      Pages 18-28
    3. Donald A. Schon, Louis L. Bucciarelli
      Pages 29-35
    4. Manjula B. Waldron, Kenneth J. Waldron, Dean H. Owen
      Pages 36-48
    5. Sandra L. Newsome, William R. Spillers
      Pages 49-55
  4. Computational Models of Design Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Gale E. Nevill Jr.
      Pages 82-116
    3. James R. Rinderle, Eric R. Colburn, Stephen P. Hoover, Juan Pedro Paz-Soldan, John D. Watton
      Pages 132-147
    4. Kevin Otto, Donald R. Riley, Arthur G. Erdman, Albert Esterline
      Pages 148-153
    5. Alice M. Agogino, Jonathan Cagan
      Pages 154-154
    6. John Gero, Mary Lou Maher, Weiguang Zhang
      Pages 155-155
  5. Environments, Languages, Representations, and Data Bases for Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Charles M. Eastman
      Pages 158-172

About these proceedings


In 1984, Nam Sub, who was then the Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), created the Design Theory and Methodology Program. Among his goals in creating this program were to develop a science of engineering design and to establish design as an accepted field of engineering research. From 1984 to 1986 this program was directed by Susan Finger; from 1986 to the present Jack Dixon has been the director. The program itself has covered a broad range of disciplines, from chemical engineering to architecture, and a broad range of research paradigms, from psychological experiments to mathematical models. The present volume is based on the second NSF Grantee Workshop on Design Theory and Methodology, called Design Theory '88, which was held June 2-5, 1988 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA. It is, however, not strictly a proceedings since it includes some material that was not presented at a the Workshop and since it omits some papers and discussions that were presented at the Workshop. At the Workshop, invited speakers presented overviews of six different research areas based on summaries submitted in advance by the grantees of the Design Theory and Methodology Program. Since most of the speakers were not supported under the NSF program they brought fresh views to it. The other papers in this book were submitted directly to this volume and were not presented at the Workshop.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra L. Newsome
    • 1
  • W. R. Spillers
    • 2
  • Susan Finger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  3. 3.Robotics InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8189-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3646-7
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