Design is the essential component of engineering. Design Matters demonstrates the need to understand the context, process and delivery of engineering projects and services by focusing on the nature and practice of engineering design. The book specifically highlights the cultural, economic, political and social parameters and illustrates the importance of their understanding as demonstrated by successful designers.
Unique to Design Matters are case studies that demonstrate the principles described in the book and the importance of using multidisciplinary teams to achieve effective design development. Contributions are included from key professionals involved in several high-profile and innovative civil and industrial engineering projects, including:
- A Diagnostic Analyser, Northern Ireland
- A Foot Prosthesis, UK
- The Channel Tunnel Terminal, UK
- The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, UK
- The London Eye, London
- The Lesotho Hydro-electric Project, Natal
- An Australian Timber Arch Bridge, Melbourne
- The Bahaii Temple, New Delhi, India
- The Hampden Gurney Primary School, London
- The Bridge Academy Secondary School, London
- The Harris-Manchester College, Oxford
- The Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK
Design Matters is an ideal text for graduate students in all branches of engineering looking to gain a practical introduction to the breadth and depth of the design process as well as to practicing engineers who wish to gain further insight into how design engineering works strategically.
No other book aims to introduce and describe the design process, including its theoretical considerations and develop the teaching with practical examples from several of the most innovative design projects that have been carried out worldwide in recent yearsDr. Armstrong’s book benefits from a unique combination of academic rigour and the experience of decades of leading and designing some of the world’s most important civil engineering projects