Design by Rationalised Constraint

Marque'd thought


In a world where the majority of the human population now live in cities design matters more than at anytime in history. The recently released Mapping Australia’s economy: cities as engines of prosperity (ref) substantiates the significance of that trend claiming 80% of all goods and services are generated on just 0.2% of the Australian land mass. So design as non-trivial choice determines how we live and the prosperity of our future lives in the deeply interconnected systems and technologies that make up the world in which we live. Design matters, and it matters deeply.

Every intention we hold is defined by constraint. The universe is a large, but limited place. It isn’t constrained, because without intention there is simply nothing to be constrained from. We are defined by constraint, and yet the human imagination is not constrained to what can and cannot be. Humans chafe against the constraints…

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