A Hierarchical Model of Design Knowledge

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design, knowledge, epistemology of design

Despite the central role of knowledge in design, there is a dearth of research on the typology, intrinsic structure and composition of design knowledge. This results in an indeterminate epistemological picture of design outcomes. To address the need for effective conceptualizations, we propose a hierarchical model of design knowledge, which stratifies the different bodies of knowledge into ranked levels. We illustrate some of the benefits of our model and compare it with existing hierarchical models of knowledge in non-design fields of inquiry.

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Technical Report
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