Causality and interpretation: a new design model inspired by the Aristotelian legacy

Ergo Pikas, Lauri Koskela, Olli Seppänen

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Building design and design management practices are beset by many problems to which satisfactory solutions have not yet emerged. The recognition of the Aristotelian legacy on design theorization has given rise to the proposition that the development of a new design concept that integrates the technical and social aspects of design might provide a general solution. This study aims to chart the intellectual history of the design discipline, clarify core design terms, concepts, and relationships, and propose a design model that integrates technical and social phenomena. An integrative literature review is a basis for the assessment and synthesis of representative literature and the construction of the new design model. The new design model, presenting the integrated design process structure for technical and social design activities, is the main contribution of this study. The model was constructed based on the identification of design theory core elements and relationships and the ancient design theories (the method of analysis and rhetoric).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-525
Number of pages19
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number7-8
Early online date17 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


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