No 8 (2015)

Een complex-cognitieve benadering van stedebouwkundig ontwerpen

This dissertation investigates:

  1. How urban design can be described as a collective cognitive activity in a complex living environment;
  2. How urban designers move across scales in their search for coherence;
  3. How urban designers, while moving across scales, can be subject to a variety of misconceptions and biases;
  4. How isovists and patterns can be used as design instruments to mitigate the negative effects of these misconceptions and biases;
  5. How urban design practice, and the concept of spatial quality in the province of North-Holland in particular, can be understood on the basis of the proposed theoretical framework.

The research method applied is transdisciplinary. It employs knowledge from cognitive science, complexity science, design sciences and urban design to build up a theoretical framework and a conceptual model. Parallel to this, two design instruments were developed and applied, and a case study was conducted.

The goal of the research is:

To develop a conceptual model of urban design, in which the dynamics of the design process and the dynamics of the living environment are interrelated, by which the role and position of urban design and the concept of spatial quality can be denoted scientifically.

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PhD thesis

Egbert Stolk