Rationality and creativity interplay in research by design as seen from the inside

M. Mirza Y. Harahap, Kate Tregloan, Anna Nervegna

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While research by design is critical in the development of architecture and design knowledge, there is still a need to deeply understand the design knowledge about the interplay between rationality and creativity in research-by-design projects. This paper attempts to address this issue by illustrating, rather than conceptualising, the inside process of a research by design project. The inside process will be discussed from three different points of view: (1) research or design interest tendency, (2) the performance of reflective attitude, and (3) a combination of views (1) and (2). The study resulted in an illustration of the interplay that suggests a dynamic forward-backwards act of thinking and making of a research-by-design project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-194
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019


  • Creativity
  • Inside process
  • Rationality
  • Research by design


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