The proto-theory of design: The method of analysis of the ancient geometers

Lauri Koskela, Michail Kagioglou

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It is contended that the ancient method of analysis and synthesis, developed originally by Greek geometers, provides a proto-theory of design, which unfortunately has largely been forgotten in the modern period. For justifying this claim, six central features of the method of analysis and synthesis are discussed and compared to recent developments in design theory and methodology. It is shown that various issues covered by the method analysis and synthesis have recently been rediscovered in the design science, but without any connection to it. It is argued that further development and unification of the design science requires that we return to the proto-theory of design and start to validate, criticize and expand it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2006
EditorsD. Marjanovic
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9536113782
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 15 May 200618 May 2006
Conference number: 9


Conference9th International Design Conference
Abbreviated titleDESIGN 2006


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