The theme of evolution has recently taken a leading role in the history of technology and economic history. Where the possibilities of a critical applying of the biological metaphor as an explanatory principle has proven to be very rewarding in those fields of research, so far it has not gained a high profile in design studies and design history, apart form some pioneering work, for instance by Basalla, Petroski and Steadman. The Design History Society Conference 2006 will take the opportunity to research and discover new directions, and explore the possibilities and limitations of the concept of evolution as an explanatory principle for changes in design.
The Conference Design and Evolution will be held from 31 August - 2 september 2006 at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Design Engineering.
Timo de Rijk
University of Technology
Faculty of Design Engineering
2628 CE Delft
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