Research by Design—situating practice-based research as part of a tradition of knowledge production, exemplified through the works of le Corbusier

  • Jørgen Hauberg Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


Research by design concerns the various ways in which design and research are generallyinterconnected in the production of new knowledge through the act of designing.This paper discusses the role and value of research by design especially through theworks of Le Corbusier. It seeks to demonstrate, how the development of types andprograms contributes to theory building in architectural research. Le Corbusier’s developmentof a constructive system (from the Dom-ino houses to an actual skeletonframe), a dwelling type (from Maison Citrohan to universal block of flats) and a citymodel(from a City of Three Million Inhabitants to a Linear Industrial City) representsa reflective practice through which architectural theory is developed in direct engagementwith the basic media of architecture: objects, sketches, diagrams, notationsand texts.The paper suggests that work like Le Corbusier’s, although never intended as research,demonstrates a hybrid practice between design and theory, which reachesbeyond the single projects and unique piece of work, and contributes to theory buildingthrough research by design.The paper presents building types – examples and proposals developed by the author.The intention is to illustrate a combined practice of investigating architecture’shistory and theory with designing, and is presented as examples of research bydesign.Keywords: Research by Design, Architectural Types, The Modern Programme, LeCorbusier.

Biografia Autor

Jørgen Hauberg, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Associate Professor, Head of Institute