Pieter Vermaas Research and Publications



Design for values

Design research

Functions and philosophy

Functions and engineering

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Design for values publications

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In engineering, product development and architecture there is a growing awareness that moral, societal and legal values can be incorporated in products and technologies by taking them explicitly as requirements to the design of these products and technologies. For some values as efficiency, safety and increasingly sustainability this possibility is already explicitly part and parcel of engineering, product development and architecture, and in product development and architecture also other values as health, inclusiveness and wellbeing are regularly incorporated in design. The novelty of design for values lies therefore in part in making existing practices of designing for values explicit and in part in attempts to include other values such as responsibility, trust and democracy. My research in this domain focussed on methods for design for values and on the validation of these methods.

The 2015 handbook on design for values brings together the state of the art of design for values research for different values and in different engineering domains.

Van den Hoven, J., P.E. Vermaas and I. van de Poel (eds.) (2015) Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design.[link]

Vermaas, P.E., P. Hekkert, N. Manders-Huits and N. Tromp (2014) Methods for Design for Moral Values, in J. van den Hoven, P.E. Vermaas and I. van de Poel (eds.) Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design.[link]

Eloy, S., and P.E. Vermaas (2014) Towards Effective City Rejuvenation with ICT: Web-Based Shape Grammar Supported Refurbishment Design, in K. Zreik (ed.) Architecture, City and Information Design EuropIA.14 (Paris: Europia Productions), pp. 129-139.[link]

Vermaas, P.E., Y-H. Tan, J. van den Hoven, B. Burgemeestre and J. Hulstijn (2010) Designing for Trust: A Case of Value-Sensitive Design, Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23, 491-505.[pdf]

van den Hoven, J., and P.E. Vermaas (2007) Nano-Technology and Privacy: On Continuous Surveillance Outside the Panopticon, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32, 283-297.[link]