Egbert Stolk

Complexity, Cognition and Urban Design

Practice

As an academic~designer, I do not aim to prescribe how practice should work. Rather, I consider urban design practitioners as experts in dealing with cognitive limitations and possibilities, complexity in design processes, and complexity of the urban environment itself. My goal is to develop theories and methods based on academic insights and observations in practice and to offer insights to both the scientific community as well as to practitioners. Out of the interaction with these groups, possible improvements for practitioners might emerge.

In general, my goal is to make the urban design process, in its widest sense, more explicit and reflective: ‘When urban designers do not have explicit views about the methodological issues concerning theories, explanations, and evaluations, it is not because they do not have any views, just that the views they hold are usually implicit and unreflective.’ (Stolk after Thagard, 2009, p. 240)

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