- Abduction to Argument: A Framework of Design Thinking
- Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the land
- University of Wisconsin Press
- Volume 34, Number 2, 2015
- pp. 127-138
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This paper presents a constructivist framework for design thinking based on the recognition that there are different kinds of generative propositions. five different “What if . . . ?” questions are identified. It is offered that subsequent design development occurs in two ways. first, intensive development seeks an increasingly precise understanding of a proposed change by refining the generative proposition with respect to the initial “What if . . . ?” question. Second, extensive development seeks an increasingly comprehensive understanding of a proposed change by applying, adapting, and adjusting the generative proposition with respect to the other “What if . . . ?” questions. It is suggested that when both kinds of design development are performed successfully, the generative proposition of change becomes a reasoned argument for change.