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Needs and Tendencies — "What people are trying to do"

Continuing the discussion from Core purpose:


Alexander, C., & Poyner, B. (1970). The atoms of environmental structure. In G. Moore (Ed.), Emerging Methods in Environmental Design and Planning (p. 308–321). MIT Press. Archived scan:

This relates to the issue of “purpose”. This has to do with why I think it’s a good idea to try and understand what people are actually doing, in connection with OGM, and build up from this empirical stuff towards structures. We now have some tentative structures available as a scaffolding — but the scaffolding is highly adaptable based on the empirics.

This theme relates to “Customer Development” per @Mila.