Design Thinking in the Digital Age
the incidents series
Peter G. Rowe

Edited by Jennifer Sigler, Leah Whitman-Salkin
Introduction by Martin Bechthold


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In 1987, Peter G. Rowe published his pioneering book Design Thinking. In it, he interrogated conceptual approaches to design in terms of both process and form. Thirty years later, in a lecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rowe offered a reappraisal of his earlier work.

Design, Essay / Literature
Design Thinking in the Digital Age describes ways in which the capacities of the digital age have changed the way we perceive and understand creative problem-solving in architectural design. In this new account of “design thinking” based on that memorable talk, Rowe charges that ideas about the “precision” and “incompleteness” of information have become exaggerated and made more manifest. He dives into the crucial role of schema theory and the heuristics that flow from it, but concedes that the “ineffable characteristics of design problems and of design thinking also appear to have remained.”

Peter G. Rowe is the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and University Distinguished Service Professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he has taught since 1985.


24 b/w

104 pages, 24 illustrations
Paperback, 13.5x21 cm
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2017
ISBN 9783956793776