Stimulating Creativity in Building Design Education: Introducing Experts and C-K‘s C-Projectors

DS 73-2 Proceedings of the 2nd International conference on Design Creativity Volume 2

Year: 2012
Editor: Duffy, A.; Nagai, Y.; Taura, T.
Author: Zeiler, W.
Section: Design Creativity Methods and Integration
Page(s): 335-342


In order to support creative team design in the conceptual building design phase, a design method was developed: integral design. Integral design uses morphological charts, which are made by the individual designers from different disciplines, and which are than transformed into a design team‘s morphological overview. The Concept-Knowledge theory by Hatcheul and Weil was used to focuss on specific integral design process steps and to implement techniques to stimulate creativity within the design process. Concept-projectors, as used in the Knowledge-Concepts-Proposition workshops based on the Concept-Knowledge theory, were applied in addition to the steps of integral design process. In 2011 and 2012 this approach was tested in two series of workshops, existing of 4 different sessions, for master students from different disciplines. In one of the sessions of the workshops another invention was tested to stimulate the creativity of the student design teams: the introduction of a professional into the design team. Only the interventions with the Concept-projectors had a significant positive effect and led to a major increase of the number of generated functions and sub-solutions. This showed that the used C-projectors stimulated the creativity of the design teams.

Keywords: integral design, morphology, C-K theory, C-constructs


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