MIT 4 273 - WHEN IS REASONING VISUAL (48 pages)

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4 273 - Introduction to Design Inquiry
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WHEN IS REASONING VISUAL GEORGE STINY MIT Abstract How to stop counting and start seeing My line of thought I d like to take a stab at the following question from the point of view of someone who thinks about design I m mostly interested in how I can come up with something new when I calculate with shapes How creative can I possibly be if I use rules Am I any more creative if I don t I won t say anything else about this but keep it in mind My question right now has to do with seeing 1 When is reasoning visual That I come from MIT where the motto is Minds and Hands I m told this means theory and practice may put me at something of a disadvantage when it comes to original thinking about minds and eyes Anyone who has seen MIT knows instantly that no one there pays much attention to how things look even with a distinguished architectural tradition including Aalto and today Siza Maki Gehry and Correa MIT is not a visual place I m going to try and see anyway I m not daring enough to attack question 1 directly My first thought was to tackle two additional questions and to take a route through their answers that appeared to me more clearly marked 2 When is calculating visual 3 Does reasoning include calculating If the answer to question 3 is a solid yes and I can answer question 2 then I can use visual calculating as a working model to understand visual reasoning This is reasoning by inference from the properties of a part to the properties of the whole And this is how everything is related 1 G STINY if it all fits together the way it s supposed to But the longer I looked at my neat little diagram is this visual reasoning the more I thought about which way the inclusions should go Maybe the relationships are really like this so that reasoning and calculating are merely special cases of visual reasoning and visual calculating In fact I m sure each of my diagrams is correct in its own way and have already established the underlying equivalencies for calculating by counting



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