Market Curiosity: Exploring Markets And Systems

November 3, 2011

Designing anything uses the same universal principles.

Filed under: Systems — Tags: — Jeff Fitzmyers @ 10:02 pm

Portland, Seattle Duke It Out For World’s Most Nature-Inspired Building… What’s perhaps most interesting about these buildings is that the their biomimetic properties mean that they have a great deal in common, despite having been designed independently of one another.

Both only about 6/7 stories tall, both cubical, both use geothermal, both, store water underground, both in the Pacific Northwest. These are all obvious optimizations to the goal of a “Living Building Standard” and an environment. With a clear enough goal and at least semi-understood variables, a good design is, someday, inevitable. This is not a coincidence.

As far as I can tell, the most robust design template is the old style cottage garden:

  • Enclosed – walls big enough to support the plants while keeping out pets, yet not so strong that some plants can’t get out (or in).
  • Practical – veggies, herbs, fruit trees, beehives (or at least bee attractors).
  • All niches are filled – flowers fill in spaces.
  • “Depend on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.”
  • Egalitarian – almost anyone can make one.

Applying these building designs to the Edge of Chaos chart below would be right near the apex. Now if most of the “offices” start doing this, “offices” would start to reside more towards “II. Periodic Patterns” on that chart. At that point, evolutionary pressures might re-form, making the goal not only Living Buildings, but also non-monotinous. This might inspire something like buildings sharing resources (like tree roots) via feedback looks and “accounts” so that the center buildings can get higher, or have more variability while the distal buildings get lower or partially move underground. Parking might move underground and distal since streets take up an enormous amount of surface area that is now very valuable for solar cells. Maybe people start moving around on fast conveyor belts… which changes womens’ shoe fashion to flat, grippy shoes… This can not be efficiently managed from the top down.

+ Design thriving societies
+ Bruce Schneier: All complex systems contain parasites. (Healthy systems have friction [choices])
+ Scientific basis for the evolution of cooperation

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: