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Domain-independent design theories grounded on formal frameworks are of interest for a wide spectrum of professionals including in design education. While much attention has been paid to the modeling of the specification process of an entity, less attention has been paid to the modeling of the creative social interactions involved in the process of designing. There is still a need for conceptual approach that could further integrate the creative, social, cognitive and mental aspects of design. This paper aims to develop such an integrative view by relying on Memory Evolutive Systems (MES) (Ehresmann and Vanbremeersch 2007). Based on a conceptual mathematical domain named “Category Theory”, a MES provides a relational approach for an evolutionary, multi-scale, multi-temporality and self-organized system. Using the MES approach, we develop a conceptual framework which encompasses the various phases of a design process and considers how it is directed by the multiple mental and social interactions between different actors. Our approach, named D-MES, extends prior research by providing a formal account of how various intentional entities can operate in parallel to form creative combinations of new shared objects and processes of different levels of complexity throughout the design process. An illustration is provided in the case of garden design.
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Mathias Béjean, Andrée Ehresmann. D-MES: conceptualizing the working designers. "Design as Collective Intelligence" - Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Jan 2014, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨hal-01133783⟩
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