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Van der Schans, GE 1996 , 'Regenerative systems in design & architecture', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis presents the architect and designer with a design process that
is intended to stimulate the mind and enhance creativity. The
regenerative approach encourages the reconsideration, reuse and
reapplication of design ideas and design technologies to architecture. It is
based upon the notion and well tested belief that design can not occur in a
vacuum, void of experience and therefore inspiration. Design requires a
source, a spark of inspiration, to ignite the · imagination and motivate the
soul to creative action. The thesis discusses in detail the potential scope of
such stimulative sources, and the numerous techniques and methods that
may be employed to uncover the primary generator.
The regenerative approach aims to increase creativity by increasing the
architect's understanding of associative and creative processes. This
includes promoting observation and the active stockpiling of visual data as
a key to creative thought. It is suggested that if designers increase their
creative input, they may potentially increase their creative output. Many
of the finest architects and designers are renowned for creative pilfering
and stockpiling of ideas. They may be viewed as the bower birds of society,
in constant search of attractive and sparkling ideas to apply to the art of
The discussion and analysis of numerous examples and relevant design
issues, concludes in a number of design guidelines. These make relevant
the regenerative theories to design practice, and may be of use to the
architect or designer wishing to improve their ability to come up with
'new' ideas.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Van der Schans, GE
Keywords: Architectural design
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Thesis (M.Arch.)--University of Tasmania, 1998. Includes bibliographical references

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