Design for values in engineering

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Values have probably always played a role in engineering design. However, in current practices and design methods, the attention for values in engineering design tends to be implicit and unsystematic. Establishing Design for Values in engineering would require overcoming this situation. This contribution discusses which values play a role in engineering and engineering design, describes existing methods and experiences with Design for Values in engineering, and explores how values can be integrated into engineering design and existing design methods, in particular quality function deployment (QFD). It identifies four challenges for Design for Values in engineering: (1) discovery of the values to be included in engineering design; (2) translation of these values into engineering characteristics; (3) choice among design options that meet different values to different degrees; and (4) verification of whether a design indeed embodies the intended values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design
Subtitle of host publicationSources, Theory, Values and Application Domains
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789400769700
ISBN (Print)9789400769694
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Design for values
  • Design for X
  • Design methods
  • Engineering design
  • QFD
  • Values


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