Literature Review

  • Alireza Mahdizadeh Hakak TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


A pivotal target of this thesis is ‘how to enhance creativity’. This chapter reviews effective parameters correlated with creativity in architectural design. The Chapter starts with the definition of creativity and investigates where creative ideas come from. Further on, it also elaborates upon types of creativity and touches upon the relationship between tolerance of ambiguity and creativity.

To narrow down the widespread topic of creativity and focus on creativity in architecture, the research ignores aspects of creativity which focus on personality and behavior of creative people, their mood, their state and their temper, intelligence vs. creativity, motivation and so forth. Instead, the research focuses on cognitive aspects such as thinking patterns, conceptual blending, idea expansion and tolerance of ambiguity.

These aspects are elaborated in the first journal article: “Creativity in architecture -A review on effective parameters correlated with creativity in architectural design” in the Journal of civil engineering and architecture, ISSN 1934-7359, USA, Nov. 2014, Volume 8, No. 11 (Serial No. 84), pp. 1371-1379.

How to Cite
HAKAK, Alireza Mahdizadeh. Literature Review. A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, [S.l.], n. 7, p. 33-46, dec. 2018. ISSN 2214-7233. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 nov. 2020. doi: