> “In this paper I should like to report on some things we have been learning about particular kinds of complex systems encountered in the behavioral sciences.” An outline of Herbert Simon’s 1962 essay, “The Architecture of Complexity“ INTRODUCTION Objective: Describe the usefulness of complex systems across fields. By being
Herbert Simon’s The Architecture of Complexity [http://www2.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/ArchitectureOfComplexity.HSimon1962.pdf] is the text I keep returning to when reflecting backwards and forwards. For a concise summary of that essay, check out these Text Notes [https://infraculture.org/2020/09/10/text-notes-architecture-of-complexity/]. For a brief
Problems of organized complexity The case for a simple pattern Concluding her famous ode [https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cit.html?id=P_bPTgOoBYkC] to cities in 1961, Jane Jacobs writes, “Cities happen to be problems of organized complexity.” From sidewalks of
A short explainer on HVAC. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When we say “HVAC” we most often mean the TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS that deliver heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in a building. Most commonly, a single HVAC system delivers all three of these functions (although decoupled systems are
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!
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 [https://infraculture.org/2020/02/24/what-can-a-building-technologist-do-about-climate-change-part-2/] about the need to address building related greenhouse gas emissions and discussed
Core & Shell In an earlier post [https://infraculture.org/2019/12/01/what-can-a-building-technologist-do-about-climate-change/] , 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