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Subject:

Re: defining design

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"Filippo A. Salustri" <[log in to unmask]>

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Filippo A. Salustri

Date:

Wed, 2 Jul 2008 06:54:48 -0400

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Gavin et al,

In the end, there's no way of knowing what will happen at the "other 
end" of all this activity.  To the best of my knowledge, the discipline 
of 'physical chemistry' emerged more or less spontaneously when 
physicists and chemists recognized, over the years, that were was a 
science that was neither/both of physics and chemistry.  That 
realization was, in my view, definitional in nature: they found 
boundaries that marked the ends of their own disciplines and, locating 
them with respect to one another in some kind of knowledge space, ended 
up saying "Look-y there!  A whole new discipline!"

I think the first to benefit from any conclusions (I won't say 'success' 
or 'failure') to the overall definition discussion will be the 
academics/researchers.  I would hope there to result a greater degree of 
interdisciplinary understanding (between the design disciplines, I 
mean), which would lead to more transdisciplinary work, which will lead 
to new findings about design, designs, and designing.  Once these 
results start to percolate out into "the real world" then everyone - 
designers as well as users of designed things -  else should benefit too.

Cheers.
Fil

Gavin Melles wrote:
> And another thing
> What an unusual game this is - this desire for and playing out of definitions - the investment of energy, emotion ... will it make any difference to/inform/capture I wonder the textiles, bridges, chairs that are being made at this moment or will the definition find its way into some more symbolic realm- govt policy, professional criteria or is it just a conversation piece or  ... And yet the world (of design(s) and everything else) carries on ... how peculiar such common things like conversations can look if we stand back for a moment - suspend our desire to participate and look at what is going on - now it looks different or strange (been reading Conrad, listening to Reich and Nicolas Gombert/Hilliard) ... and this revisioning of the definitions game is also part of the academic form of life
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