Week 9 Question

How can you apply the notion of critical thinking to the testing & assessing of your design ideas?

Critical thinking as defined by http://www.critical.net

A critical thinker:
1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Desires to be, and is, well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies reasons, assumptions, and conclusions
5. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
6. Judges well the quality of an argument, including its reasons, assumptions, evidence, and their degree of support for the conclusion
7. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action, doing justice to challenges
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses
9. Plans and conducts experiments well
10. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
11. Draws conclusions when warranted – but with caution
12. Integrates all of the above aspects of critical thinking “

This notion of critical thinking is constantly applied to the design process, especially when presenting to parties other than yourself. Whilst as a designer, we are constantly questioning our design at every stage of the process. When we present this process to the public, it is through the process of presentation and questioning, that the design is truly analysed and grows. If we were to design inside a box, and not engage with other people, although we would be critically analysing the design, the end result is far better when it is critically analysed in conjunction with other people. Therefore critical analysis is important, but it is only through critical analysis and collaboration that our design grows. This process can be seen not only through the changing nature of the building spaces within the Lone Pine Early Learning Childhood Centre, Urban Planning of the site and also through the development of the roof structure.

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