The Arch. of Complexity, the points that resonate

the points that resonate Herbert Simon’s The Architecture of Complexity is the text I keep returning to when reflecting backwards and forwards Complex systems are Hierarchic Hierarchic systems evolve from Stable subsystems And have the property of Near Decomposability Which simplifies the Description of complex systems (1) Hierarchic systems are subsystems within subsystems, parts within … Continue reading The Arch. of Complexity, the points that resonate

Text notes: Architecture of Complexity

A collection of notes from Herbert Simon’s 1962 essay, “The Architecture of Complexity“ INTRODUCTION Useful concepts from Cybernetics: Feedback, Homeostasis, Analyzing “adaptiveness” in terms of “theory of selective information” Point: Describe the usefulness of complex systems across fields. By being abstract, may have relevance (careful to not say application) to other systems like those in … Continue reading Text notes: Architecture of Complexity

Climate change: a problem of organized complexity

Problems of organized complexity The case for a simple pattern Concluding her famous ode to cities in 1961, Jane Jacobs writes, “Cities happen to be problems of organized complexity.” From sidewalks of access to sidewalks of place, cities deal “simultaneously with a sizable number of factors which are interrelated into an organic whole.”  As an … Continue reading Climate change: a problem of organized complexity

What can a Building Technologist do about Public Health? [Pre-Print]

Pre-Print? This is still a work in progress; I will continue to update this post over the coming weeks This piece explores why re-orienting buildings  around public health is so important, and it offers areas of opportunity (particularly for indoor air quality via HVAC) for anyone– not just building technologists!–to get started. Prologue Earlier this … Continue reading What can a Building Technologist do about Public Health? [Pre-Print]

What can a building technologist do about climate change? Part 3

WELCOME BACK If you’ve stuck with me this long, thank you! You must be just as much of a buildings / climate change geek as I am. Earlier, I wrote about about the need to address building related greenhouse gas emissions and discussed the frictions that I believe prevent residents from evolving their Personal Infrastructure. … Continue reading What can a building technologist do about climate change? Part 3

What can a building technologist do about climate change? Part 2

Core & Shell In an earlier post, I wondered: How does one determine what to spend one’s time on, in a shift to focusing on climate change? Particularly one who has an obsessive interest in people’s experiences with buildings and the built environment, like myself? I narrowed in on modular components that needed a deeper … Continue reading What can a building technologist do about climate change? Part 2