Designing for the future by creating conditions for desired behavior to be generated.


It isn’t rocket science, though we seem intent on making it so.

Unlike previous years, I feel no great need to review the one about to pass. As always, we’ve devoted much time and energy to critiquing the city in which we live, generally from a perspective that is far simpler than local grandees believe.

There’s a world outside New Albany, and in some other places new ideas can be seen to have led to positive improvements. Thinking is good. Ideas matter … and so on. 

This article is a bit geeky, but as the one-paragraph takeaway shows, much intriguing information is offered. Give it fifteen minutes.

Toward Resilient Architectures 5: Agile Design, by Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros (Metropolis)

 … A central principle, as with Agile Methodology in software design, is that the operating system should be re-written, not to specify the behavior desired, but rather, create the conditions in which that behavior is most likely to be generated. This “generative design approach” — employing complex adaptive transformations, engaging economic processes, and exploiting Agile self-organizing capacities — is emerging as the key to resilient design for the future.