Embracing Complexity in Design
Edited by Katerina Alexiou, Jeffrey Johnson, Theodore Zamenopoulos
Routledge – 2010 – 216 pages
Outlining state-of-the-art developments in the area of complexity and design, this book collates them into a unique and authoritative resource for both the design and complex systems communities. The book is based on research which focuses on a variety of different themes and domains, including architecture, engineering, environmental design, art, fashion and management.
A ground-breaking publication marking a new era of appreciation of the import of complexity on design, this book is essential reading for those studying complexity or design.
Introduction Jeffrey Johnson, Katerina Alexiou,Theodore Zamenopoulos 1. Generating cities using complexity theory Michael Batty 2. Embracing complexity in building design Leonard Bachman 3. Complexity in engineering design Claudia Eckert 4. Using complexity science framework and multi-agent technology in design George Rzevski 5. Complexity and coordination in collaborative design Katerina Alexiou 6. The mathematical conditions of design ability Theodore Zamenopoulos 7. The art of complex systems science Karen Cham 8. Performance, complexity and emergent objects Mick Wallis 9. Developments in service design thinking and practice Robert Young 10. Metamorphosis of the artificial Alec Robertson 11. Embracing design in complexity Jeffrey Johnson
Katerina Alexiou is RCUK Academic Research Fellow at the Open University. She is an architect and holds a PhD from UCL. Her research interest is on complexity and design, particularly focusing on understanding design cognition, creativity, and social aspects of design and decision making.
Jeffrey Johnson is Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University, Rector of the Open University for Complex Systems in Paris and President of the Complex Systems Society. He has extensive experience of applications of complexity research to the design and management of social, physical and socio-technical systems.
Theodore Zamenopoulos is Lecturer in Design at the Open University. He is an architect with a PhD in design computing and complexity from UCL. He is concerned with mathematical, computational and empirical studies of the neurological and social basis of our ability to design, but also the development of human-computer environments for design support and design learning.