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authors Archea, John
year 1985
title Architecture's Unique Position Among the Disciplines : Puzzle-Making vs. Problem Solving
source CRIT XV, The Architectural Student Journal. Summer, 1985. pp. 20-22
summary Most disciplines involved in the building process, i.e., programmers, space planners, and engineers work in what may be described as a problem solving mode. They state desired effects as explicit performance criteria before they initiate a decision process and test alternative solutions against those criteria until a fit is attained which falls within known probabilities of success. Architects, however are not problem solvers and they are not seeking explicit information when they design how buildings work. Architects are puzzle- makers, They are primarily concerned with unique design concepts. It is through the act of designing, or puzzle- making, that the architect learn what they want to accomplish and how. With regard to the making of buildings, places or experiences, the architect is a puzzle-maker surrounded by a group of problem solvers who address separate pieces of the puzzle
keywords puzzle making, design process, problem solving, architecture
series CADline
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