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How to Make Collaboration Work by David A. Straus

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Chapter 1The Process of Human Problem Solving

In 1965, I entered the architecture program at Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD). The basic method of teaching design at HGSD, it turned out, was to assign students to design a certain type of building or space and then critique the designs. The critiques were very formal and were modeled after the process an architect might go through in trying to sell an idea to a potential client. The students presented their designs to a panel of faculty members and professional architects. During these critiques, and during class, there was little discussion of the creative process—of how we came up with the designs. In fact, there was no accepted language to discuss design methodologies at all. Instead, ...

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