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Stimulating lateral thinking in the design studio. Testing the linguistic relativity hypothesis

Howieson, S.G. and Fiaella, S. (2002) Stimulating lateral thinking in the design studio. Testing the linguistic relativity hypothesis. Edinburgh Architecture Research, 28. pp. 113-123. ISSN 0149-5039

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Abstract

Lateral thinking is closely related to creativity. But whereas creativity is too often only the description of the result, lateral thinking is the description of the process. One can only admire a result but one can learn to use a process. There is about creativity a mystique of talent and intangibles. This may be justified in the art world where creativity involves aesthetic sensibility, emotional resonance and gift for expression. But it's not justified outside that world. In order to be able to use creativity one must rid it of this aura of mystique and regard it as a way of using the mind a way of handling information. This is what lateral thinking is about.