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Hardcover | Out of Print | 242 pp. | 6 x 9 in | December 1986 | ISBN: 9780262181228
Paperback | $36.00 Short | £29.95 | 242 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 1991 | ISBN: 9780262680677
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Design Thinking


In Design Thinking Peter Rowe provides a systematic account of the process of designing in architecture and urban planning. He examines multiple and often dissimilar theoretical positions whether they prescribe forms or simply provide procedures for solving problems—as particular manifestations of an underlying structure of inquiry common to all designing. Over 100 illustrations and a number of detailed observations of designers in action support Rowe's thesis.

About the Author

Peter G. Rowe is Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design.


Design Thinking raises the intellectual level of the discourse on architecture in general, and architectural thinking in particular.”
Peter McCleary, University of Pennsylvania
“Peter Rowe's DesignThinking is a very useful compendium of ideas, examples, and literature about design inquiry in architecture. It is unusual to find in one source so many different perspectives, drawn from so many different fields of study.”
Donald A. Schon, Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education, MIT