In the studio designers practice their ability to “diagnose” problems, and to make productive hypotheses. Hypotheses are expressed as “concepts”. Although concepts may often lack quantitative or direct experiential meaning, it is by the means of these that designers interpret and organize existing descriptions in novel ways. Architects invent general systems of rules implied in terms of them, and interpretations for the emerging network of the produced relationships. Then, they test them against the existing building codes and standards. In implementation, the existence of a conceptual framework permits the placement of specific decisions within a more general context and allows designers to make revisions without defying the general framework.

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  “A Note on the Conceptual Basis of Designs”, S. Kotsopoulos
Computer Aided Architectural Design Research In Asia (CAADRIA 2006), April 30 - Mars 3, Kumamoto, Japan
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