P.E. Vermaas, P.A. Kroes, A. Light, S. Moore
Springer | 9048127335 | 2009 | PDF | 362 pages | 2 Mb

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This volume provides the reader with an integrated overview of state-of-the-art research in philosophy and ethics of design in engineering and architecture. It contains twenty-five essays that focus on engineering designing in its traditional sense, on designing in novel engineering domains, including ICT, genetics, and nanotechnology, designing of socio-technical systems, and on architectural and environmental designing. These essays are preceded by an introductory text structuring the field of philosophy and ethics of design in engineering and architecture as one in which a series of similar philosophical, societal and ethical questions are asked.

This volume enables the reader to overcome the traditional separation between engineering designing and architectural designing. The emerging discipline of designing socio-technical systems is shown to form an intermediate between engineering and architecture to which the philosophical and ethical analyses of both domains apply. This volume thus announces a challenging cross-fertilization between the philosophy and ethics of engineering and of architecture that will lay down the integrated ground works for the renewed interests in the importance of design in modern society.


Part I Engineering Design

Design, Use, and the Physical and Intentional Aspects of Technical Artifacts 21
Maarten Franssen
Designing is the Construction of Use Plans 37
Wybo Houkes
The Designer Fallacy and Technological Imagination 51
Don Ihde
Technological Design as an Evolutionary Process 61
Philip Brey
Deciding on Ethical Issues in Engineering Design 77
Anke Van Gorp and Ibo Van de Poel
Morality in Design: Design Ethics and the Morality of Technological Artifacts 91
Peter-Paul Verbeek
Thinking about Design: Critical Theory of Technology and the Design Process 105
Patrick Feng and Andrew Feenberg
Design Culture and Acceptable Risk 119
Kiyotaka Naoe
Alienability, Rivalry, and Exclusion Cost: Three Institutional Factors for Design 131
Paul B. Thompson

Part II Emerging Engineering Design

Friends by Design: A Design Philosophy for Personal Robotics Technology 143
John P. Sullins
Beyond Engineering: Software Design as Bridge over the Culture/Technology Dichotomy 159
Bernhard Rieder and Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Technology Naturalized: A Challenge to Design for the Human Scale 173
Alfred Nordmann
Re-Designing Humankind: The Rise of Cyborgs, a Desirable Goal? 185
Daniela Cerqui and Kevin Warwick
Designing People: A Post-Human Future? 197
Inmaculada de Melo-Martín
Redesigning Man? 209
C. T. A. Schmidt
Design: Structure, Process, and Function: A Systems Methodology Perspective 217
Kristo Miettinen
Co-Designing Social Systems by Designing Technical Artifacts: A Conceptual Approach 233
Ulrich Krohs
Beyond Inevitability: Emphasizing the Role of Intention and Ethical Responsibility in Engineering Design 247
Kathryn A. Neeley and Heinz C. Luegenbiehl
Design and Responsibility: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual, and Human Systems 259
S. D. Noam Cook

Part III Architectural Design

Form and Process in the Transformation of the Architect’s Role in Society 273
Howard Davis
Expert Culture, Representation, and Public Choice: Architectural Renderings as the Editing of Reality 287
Steven A. Moore and Rebecca Webber
Diverse Designing: Sorting Out Function and Intention in Artifacts 301
Ted Cavanagh
Design Criteria in Architecture 317
Joseph C. Pitt
Cities, Aesthetics, and Human Community: Some Thoughts on the Limits of Design 329
J. Craig Hanks
Nature, Aesthetic Values, and Urban Design: Building the Natural City 341
Glenn Parsons


Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture is a significant contribution to the expanding field of design studies. It brings questions of design into philosophy and thereby brings diverse philosophical perspectives to bear on conceptual, methodological, epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues of design. It is also the first collection of philosophical papers to bridge the divide between critical reflections on design in engineering and in architecture. After the publication of this well edited collection, it will be difficult for philosophy to ignore design as a theme as worthy of attention as such phenomena as scientific theory, aesthetic creativity, or political law. Indeed, as a phenomenon design may well span theory, creativity, and law in ways that can contribute to a deeper understanding of each and to their mutual relations. In addition, this collection is to be commended for the interdisciplinary character of many of its contributions and the multinational perspectives provided by its diverse contributors from Europe, North America, and Japan.

- Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the European Graduate School and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His “Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy” (1994) is a widely respected contribution; more recently he served as editor-in-chief of the 4-volume “Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics” (2005).

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