Failure as a unifying theme in design


Journal Article

The concept of failure, which plays a central role in successful design, is viewed as a unifying principle of the whole design process. This idea is elaborated upon and illustrated for the problem of designing a hypothetical bridge, which is presented as a paradigm. Brief case studies of some real bridges are employed to reinforce the argument, and the danger of designing by emulating success are cautioned against. © 1989.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 214 - 218

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0142-694X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0142-694X(89)90004-5

Citation Source

  • Scopus