The Universe of Design: Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and Planning

1st Edition

Jean-Pierre Protzen, David J. Harris

Routledge
Published April 30, 2010
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780415779890 - CAT# Y106047

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Summary

This book examines the theoretical foundations of the processes of planning and design.

When people – alone or in groups – want to solve problems or improve their situation, they make plans. Horst Rittel studied this process of making plans and he developed theories – including his notion of "wicked problems" – that are used in many fields today. From product design, architecture and planning – where Rittel’s work was originally developed – to governmental agencies, business schools and software design, Rittel’s ideas are being used. This book collects previously unavailable work of Rittel’s within the framework of a discussion of Rittel’s theories and philosophical influences.

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