4.273 | Fall 2001 | Graduate

Introduction to Design Inquiry


  1. Reddy, Michael. “The Conduit Metaphor - A Case of Frame Conflict in Our Language about Language.” Metaphor and Thought. Edited by Andrew Ortony. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

  2. Lyford, Joseph. The Airtight Cage. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1966. [‘Introduction’, ‘The Area’, ‘The Block’.] 

    Jacobs, Jane. Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York, NY: Random House, 1961. [‘The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety’] 

    Durrell, Lawrence. Spirit of Place. New York, NY: Dutton, 1969. [‘A Landmark Gone’, ‘Panic Springs’, ‘Delphi’] 

    Mitchell, William. City of Bits. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995. [Any substantial passage]

  3. Goodman, Nelson. Ways of Worldmaking. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub. Co., 1978. [‘Chapter 1’] 

    Bordwell, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. [‘The Viewer’s Activity’] 

    Norman, Donald. The Design of Everyday Things. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1990. [‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Things’] 

    Porter, William. “Notes on the inner logic of designing: Two thought-experiments.” Design Studies 9, 3 (July 1988). Guildford, Surrey, England: IPC Science and Technology Press in co-operation with the Design Research Society.

  4. Anderson, Stanford. “Public Institutions: Louis I. Kahn’s Reading of Volume Zero.” Journal of Architectural Education. September 1995. Washington, DC: Association of Collegiate School of Architecture. 

    Ronner, Heinz. Louis I. Kahn - Complete Work 1935-74. Basel: Birkhäuser, 1977. [‘Phillips Exeter Library’] 

    Porter, William. “Re:Reading.” Places. Issue 12, 3. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  5. Vidler, Anthony. “The Idea of Type: The Transformation of the Academic Ideal: 1750-1830.” Oppositions 8 (1977). New York, NY: Rizzoli. 

    Argan, Giulio Carlo. “On the Typology of Architecture.” Architectural Design (1963). London: Standard Catalogue Co.. 

    Moneo, Moneo, Raphael. “On Typology.” Oppositions 14 (1978). New York, NY: Rizzoli. 

    De Quincy, Quatremere. “Type.” Oppositions 8 (1977). New York, NY: Rizzoli.

  6. Habraken, John. Concept Design Games (Book 1). Cambridge, MA: Dept. of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987. [‘Introduction’, ‘Design as Game’, ‘Game Components’] 

    Wittgenstein, Ludwig. The Blue and Brown Books. Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1958. [‘Preface’, ‘The Brown Book’, pp.77-89 ]

  7. Stiny, George. “How to Calculate with Shapes”. [see lecture notes

    Stiny, George. “When is Reasoning Visual?” [see lecture notes

    Duarte, Jose. Customizing Mass Housing: A Discursive Grammar for Siza’s Malagueira Houses. MIT PhD thesis 2001 [Introduction, Chapter 1]

  8. Mitchell, William. “Roll Over Euclid: How Frank Gehry Designs and Builds.” Frank Gehry, Architect. New York, NY: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2001. 


  9. Bently, Peter. Evolutionary Design by Computers. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 1999. [Introduction, Chapter 18, glossary.] 

    Gatherer, Derek. “The Memetics of Design”, in Bently. Evolutionary Design by Computers. [Chapter 3] 

    Loomis, Benjamin. “A Note on Generative Design Techniques: SGGA 2002”. [see lecture notes]

  10. Gero, John. Chapter in Bently. Evolutionary Design by Computers. [see lecture notes]

  11. Glassie, Henry. Passing the Time in Ballymenone. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982. [‘Home’] 

    Lakoff, George. ‘The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor’ in Ortony. Metaphor and Thought. [Chapter 11] 

    Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. New York, NY: Orion Press, 1964. [Chapter 1] 

    Anderson, Stanford. “Memory in Architecture.” Daidalos: Berlin Architectural Journal (December 1995). Berlin: Bertelsmann. 

    Ackermann, Edith. “Perspective-taking and Object Construction.” Constructionism in Practice: Designing, Thinking, and Learning in a Digital World. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996. 

    Geertz, Clifford. Interpretation of Cultures. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1973. [‘Thick Description: Towards an Interpretation Theory of Culture’]

  12. Meyer, Leonard. Emotion and Meaning in Music. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1956. [pp 1-42]

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