“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“ INTRODUCTIONObjective: Describe the usefulness of complex systems across fields. By being abstract,
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
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!