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The built environment interdiscipline:

This lack of a formal research methodology, and the reliance on analysis and the development of argument within a prevailing academic discourse, is of course a particular feature of the arts and humanities family of disciplines to which law belongs. This places law at the ‘soft’ end of the familiar disciplinary spectrum. Using the well-known Biglan (1973) disciplinary model (illustrated in Figure 3.2) it can be seen that (in common with design), law differs from the dominant built environment research specialisms in this respect. Unlike law and design, the disciplines of technology, economics and management all belong either to the natural, or to the social sciences