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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 4.273 (Fall 2001) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Design Inquiry 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Architecture 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. William Porter
    Prof. Edith Ackermann 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 4.273 Introduction to Design Inquiry

    Fall 2001

    Course Highlights

    As an exploration into design, this class offers the opinions of many, including outside faculty, and the participating students. It also offers a comprehensive bibliography on the subject, and a class log, with notes from each week's sessions.

    Course Description

    Introduction to Design Inquiry explores the nature and exercise of design intelligence. It aims to open avenues for further research and, along them, to open vistas on the teaching of design and on more mindful professional design practices.

    We see design as processes located in individuals and groups, shaped by the formation and experience of each individual and by the characteristics of the groups that play a role in the design process. People construct the worlds they inhabit out of what they know and have experienced. So also does the designer, but the designer’s worlds must be possible for others to inhabit and, therefore, to construct. Indeed the success of a design depends in large part on the degree to which these constructive processes yield similar results.

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