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Design-related research in landscape architecture
by Steffen Nijhuis; Inge Bobbink
J. of Design Research (JDR), Vol. 10, No. 4, 2012


Abstract: This article introduces a research strategy for landscape architectonic design. It describes a systematic approach where design research and research-by-design are combined. Design research is considered to be an indispensable step in research-by-design. Together they constitute a heuristic approach for knowledge-based and creative design, and include plan analysis, comparative analysis, experimental design study and design study. Taken together these modes of research are termed design-related research. The development of design-related research in landscape architecture is regarded as crucial for understanding the formative elements of landscapes and for the development of planning methods and design strategies. In this respect landscape architectonic design actually can be seen as a form of research. The presented research strategy is applicable in related spatial design disciplines such as urban design and architecture, and therefore a contribution to the field of design-related research.

Online publication date: Sat, 22-Dec-2012


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