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Record number 421613
Title Research through designing?
Author(s) Lenzholzer, S.; Poerschke, U.; Staub, A.; Pihlak, M.; Cooper, J.
Event Urban Nature CELA Conference, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2011-03-30/2011-04-02
Department(s) Landscape Architecture
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2011
Abstract With this panel-contribution I will address a lacuna in landscape architecture theory on the connection of the role of ‘research through designing’. I consider the role of ‘research through designing’ crucial for the further production of new practical knowledge within landscape architecture. The necessity to generate such new knowledge that is tightly connected to research has various reasons. This concerns the call for legitimation of design decisions and interventions with scientific knowledge, but also with societal consensus. But it is also the call for innovation and novelty. Based on Creswell’s widely used model of ‘knowledge claims’ or research paradigms (positivist, constructivist, advocacy and pragmatic) and the related research methods I suggest that for the types of research that Creswell described, similar types of ‘research through designing’ can be conceived of. I propose how these ‘research through design’ methods can be differentiated in landscape architecture. This encompasses an overview of the types of research questions that can be answered, the type of new knowledge to be generated, the suitable ‘research through designing’ methods and how the results can be evaluated.
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