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Issue 2.2

Balancing Design Conjecture and Research Analytics

The literature on design methods suitable for research related to the built environment is prolific. But the majority of methods are derived from other fields and consequently do not leverage the unique ability of designers to thrive in open-ended settings that include elements of exploration (Knight and Ruddock 2008). Designers are content to begin exploring thematic briefs—for example, the opportunities for robotic fabrication to shape stone in order to create translucencies. A study of this sort initially addresses a design challenge and only later solves a related research problem, such as the lack of appropriate digital workflows…

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