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The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Jr. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Frederick P. Brooks

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22. Case Study: House Wing Addition

Plan of house after 1991–1992 wing addition

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In fact, architecture can almost be taken as a prototype for the process of design in a semantically rich task domain.

HERBERT SIMON [1981],THE SCIENCES OF THE ARTIFICIAL

Highlights and Peculiarities

Why This Case?

For this design, we have some 235 pages of the contemporaneous log of design issues, pros and cons, and decisions made over 13 years. From this log we undertook a formal decision-tree documentation, as detailed in Chapter 16. This case illustrates the interplay of design and the discovery of requirements treated in Chapter 3.

Bold Decision

Defer budget ...

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