Design Studies 23 (3):245-61 (2002)

Greg Bamford
University of Queensland
The two principal models of design in methodological circles in architecture—analysis/synthesis and conjecture/analysis—have their roots in philosophy of science, in different conceptions of scientific method. This paper explores the philosophical origins of these models and the reasons for rejecting analysis/synthesis in favour of conjecture/analysis, the latter being derived from Karl Popper’s view of scientific method. I discuss a fundamental problem with Popper’s view, however, and indicate a framework for conjecture/analysis to avoid this problem.
Keywords design process  design method  design  scientific method  Karl Popper  conjecture and refutation  analysis /synthesis  solution field  design problem
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