Abstract: The production of design space refers to the activity of an individual or a group of individuals considering alternatives and possibilities for a design brief. Design studies often consider constraints to be a major determinant of design space, yet this paper introduces the notion of contradiction to underscore a dialectical determination of design space. The intention is to characterise the production of design space as a socio-material rather than a cognitive process. This is accomplished through an in-depth look at a medical imaging centre project and an experiment with design students about the same project. In comparison to the original project, the students’ activity reproduced the same contradictions faced by practitioners.
Amstel, F.M.C van; Hartmann, T; Voort, M. van der and Dewulf, G.P.M.R. The social production of design space, Design Studies (accepted), 2016.