Propelling design evolution: using a scientifically driven design process to incrementally advance architecture

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2009-01-01
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Gassman, Robert
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Mikesch W. Muecke
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Architecture
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This thesis explores the influence of design evolution within the professions of architecture, industrial design, and engineering. Design evolution is a process that can be accelerated through collaboration between various groups linked to the development and production of designed objects. Working as interdisciplinary professionals, I support the incremental advancement of contemporary products in order to encourage positive human progress.

As a case study, I investigate standard electrical systems used in architectural construction. It is apparent that for nearly 100 years the same basic electrical systems and components have been installed in buildings throughout the world. To promote design evolution in the field of architecture, I implement a scientific design approach to incrementally advance the designs of two century-old electrical components, the single-pole switch and the duplex outlet receptacle.

The goal of this thesis is to investigate how analytical design methods can reveal incremental advances that yield more appropriately designed products.

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