Co-evolution and emergence in design

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Design Studies, 2019, 65 pp. 60 - 77
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© 2019 The notion of co-evolution has been widely adopted as a useful descriptor of one of the key aspects of designerly thinking: the re-interpreting of a design problem in the light of an exploration of possible solutions until a good ‘fit’ between problem and solution (‘an idea’) emerges. In this paper we pick up the discussion by considering co-evolution within design projects, in the briefing process and across projects. Aspects of the process to get from problem space to solution space can be captured with design models, but in considering the ‘jump’ from solution space to problem space we enter largely uncharted territory.
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