Morphologic C-K Reflection for Collaborative Building Design

By Wim Zeiler and Perica Savanovic.

Published by The Design Collection

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Building design involves multi-disciplinary design teams to support this highly complex process. A reflective design approach is developed: Integral Design. This design process approach results in transparency of the design steps and the design decisions. We regard the activities which make these changes obvious to an external observer as the core elements of designing (design as process). The results of these activities are combined with the C-K theory by Hatchuel and Weil, which defines design as a process generating co-expansion of two spaces, space of concepts C and space of knowledge K. Within the design process, the prescriptive methodology of Integral Design is used as a framework for reflection on the design process itself by the use Morphological Charts to construct a Morphological Overview. Morphology provides a structure for reflection in action: to give an overview and to structure the communication and reflection between design team members on the design brief.

Keywords: C-K Theory, Integral Design, Morphological Overview

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.29-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.260MB).

Prof. Wim Zeiler

Professor Building Services, Department Architecture, Building and Planning, unit Building Physics and Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wim Zeiler studied Mechanical Engineering (Design and construction; Methodical Design) at the Technische Universiteit Twente. In 1983 he started as a technical management assistant. Later he became manager and adjunct-director of Kropman Rijswijk. In 1998 he became adjunt-director Knowledge Transfer and Technology Development. In 1991 he was awarded the CAPE-(Computer Applications for Production and Engineering)-award of the CIAD (Society for Computerapplications in the Engineeringspractice) . in 1994 he was awarded the B.J.Max award of the TVVL ( Dutch society for Building Services in the Built Environment). Within the TVVL he was member and chairman of the steering committee Climate technology and member of the Technical council for nine years. Currently he is chairman of the department Electro-technology and member of the editorial board of the TVVL magazine. He is member of the supervisory board of ISSO. After being lecturer at the Haagse Hogeschool, from 1996 till 1998, he was a visiting assistant professor at the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft from 2000 till 2003. In 2001 he became professor Building Services at the faculty of Architecture at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. His main research topics are Integral Design and Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment.

Perica Savanovic

PhD Student, Architecture, Building and Planning, unit Building Physics and Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Master of Science in Architecture, graduated cum laude from TU Delft in 2001. Worked for 3½ years as architectdesigner at a middle-sized architectural office in The Netherlands. During his work fortunate to encounter a variety of design tasks (small interior to large master plan assignments), “from furniture to urban scale” as they say. The experienced overall lack of ‘integral approach’ in building design practice tempted him to start a PhDresearch project on the subject at the end of 2004. The main area of interest can be described as integral design (‘design’ seen as activity) within multidisciplinary design team setting, the specific focus being sustainable comfort in buildings.

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