A SIRN view on design Thinking—An urban design perspective

Juval Portugali*, Egbert Stolk

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Scopus citations


In this paper we bring together two notions: SIRN (synergetic interrepresentation network) that was originally developed as a complexity theory approach to cognition, cognitive mapping, and urban dynamics; and DT (design thinking) which is a field of research that studies the general process of design as it is implemented in domains such as engineering, architecture, urban design, crafts, and art. In the paper we suggest how a SIRN view can contribute to DT, and specifically to urban design—dealing with largescale collective artifacts. We conclude by presenting a research agenda that illustrates and exemplifies SIRN’s potential to participate in the discourse on some central DT issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-846
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cognition
  • Complexity
  • Design thinking
  • SIRN
  • Urban design


Dive into the research topics of 'A SIRN view on design Thinking—An urban design perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this