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When we ask the question "why does it work?" what do we mean by 'it' and what do we mean by 'work' and how do we know these things?

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Ooh Ria, sounds very interesting, thank you!

Ria Baeck said:

I just started reading the book Design in Nature, by Adrian Bejan and J.Peder Zane. He/they state that there is a 'constructural law' throughout nature, which explains why and how design emerges without an intelligent designer. His definition:

"For a finite-size flow system to persist in time (to live), its configuration must evolve in such a way that provides easier access to the currents that flow through it."

more quotes:

"Everything that moves, whether animate or inanimate, is a flow system. All flow systems generate shape and structure in time in order to facilitate this movement across a landscape filled with resistance (for example, friction). The design we see in nature are not the result of chance. They arise naturally, spontaneously, because they enhance access to flow in time."

"Flow systems have tow basic features (properties). There is the current that is flowing (for example, fluid, heat, mass, or information) and the design through which it flows."

This got me thinking... what is the current that is flowing when we design AoH processes? is it exchange? is it meaning? is it knowledge? ??? I guess this is what we call the 'it'???

and what we call 'works', might be that we come up with a design that is close to a natural design, where the flow gets easier????

John, if you've not seen it already, you might enjoy the video called 'the Regenerates'...

it's all about planners and designers whose orientation is to enhance and deepen our connection

with the rest of the natural systems we are a part of, through whatever we are building...

I don't think they mention Christopher Alexander explicitly but must certainly be inspired by his work!

John Baxter said:

And one more for illustration...
Sometimes you would think he was an AoH facilitator:
"It is a fearsome thing, like diving into water. And yet it is exhilarating – because you aren’t controlling it. You are only the medium in which the patterns come to life, and of their own accord give birth to something new."
But nope, he's an architect!

Great that you pointed this out again to me!


Rosa Zubizarreta said:

Ooh Ria, sounds very interesting, thank you!


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