New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1991.
The logic and methodology of design is examined in this book from the perspective of computer science. Computers provide the context for this examination both by discussion of the design process for hardware and software systems and by consideration of the role of computers in design in general. The central question posed by the author is whether or not we can construct a theory of design. This book concentrates upon the relationship between design, mathematics and science and thus its audience must include designers and software designers as well as computer scientists.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Architectonics of Design: 1. The
inadequacy of definitions
2. Design as the initiation of change
3. The nature of design problems
4. The form of design solutions
5. The evolutionary structure of design
Part II. Design Paradigms: 6. The concept of a
7. The analysis-synthesis-evaluation paradigm
8. Formal design
9. Plausibility driven design
10. Computer aided design I: the algorithmic
11. Computer aided design II: harnessing
knowledge, search and heuristics.