Model-Based Abduction in Design

  • Lauri Koskela
  • Ehud Kroll
Conference paper


In prior literature, design abduction has been conceived in sentential (propositional) terms. The aim in this presentation is to explore the significance of internal mental models and images, and their external projections, in design abduction. Seminal and current literature on model-based reasoning in cognitive psychology and philosophy of science are reviewed. A retrospective case study on the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers reveals that most occurrences of design abduction were model based. Conclusions and reflections flowing from the findings are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.ORT Braude CollegeKarmielIsrael

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