In this Section, MWA provides some insight into its various experimental or radical thinking processes, that integrate architectural thinking and design within it’s broader context. Architectural or design thinking can be very valuable as it sets out a process by which, problems can be articulated and solutions designed, evaluated, implemented and monitored. The process of architctural thinking, or design thinking, has been with us for much of history, it is antecedent to human thought. Design thinking also encourages those ideas to be embedded to spatial realities, with those spatial realities being encoded with economical, political, social, cultural or ecological vharacteristics. Design requires integration, meaning that these characteristics must be understood and evaluated in rational terms, such that they can be integrated to workable systems ideas or approaches. The opportunity for design in the future is vast, and should offer the opportunity to greatly improve the quality of life for humans at the same time as improving the sustainability of our systems and the welfare of nature.
Some interesting texts, that go some way to demonstrate the way in which design thinking can improve integration and functionality of our domains, are listed here for reference:
‘Cities for a Small Planet’, by Richard Rogers
‘Design Thinking’, using the design process to rebuild our approach to social frameworks to provide integrated and accountable outcomes