Designing for Emergence
The Design Ecosystem: Designing for Emergence and Innovation II
Submitted on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 15:29 — Greg Van Alstyne
In this paper, Beal Institute Chief Scientist Robert K. Logan and Director of Research Greg Van Alstyne explore the roles of designer, client, user, and other parties essential to the design process, and the relationships between them. The authors interrogate the interactions between bottom-up processes of emergence and those characteristically top-down activities of the designer that together give rise to a design ecosystem, capable of supporting the emergence of innovative design. They describe that environment in which the designer operates and characterize the design ecosystem’s dynamic, interdependent processes. Finally, they seek to understand the design of successful innovations of the past so as to be prescriptive about the future of design.
Designing for Emergence and Innovation: Redesigning Design
Submitted on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 14:29 — Greg Van Alstyne
Thackara on urban sprawl: "it just happens—or so it appears"
Submitted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 15:03 — Greg Van Alstyne
While we were participating with Alex Manu in building a thinkmap on car-driven cities, I thought about this great quotation from John Thakara's In the Bubble (Thackara, 2005, 5 or here http://www.thackara.com/inthebubble/toc.html):
"We’re being swept into unknown and dangerous waters by accelerating economic growth.... Our natural, human, and industrial systems, which evolve slowly, are struggling to adapt. Laws and institutions that we might expect to regulate these flows have not been able to keep up.
"A good example is what is inaccurately described as mindless sprawl in our physical environment.
Designing Systems with Emergent Behavior at BayCHI
Submitted on Wed, 10/25/2006 - 07:41 — Greg Van Alstyne
Thanks to Kelly for showing me this: a recent Bay Area ACM SigCHI panel on "Designing Systems with Emergent Behavior" featured Tim Brown (IDEO), Peter Merholz (Adaptive Path), Larry Cornett (Yahoo), and Joy Mountford (Yahoo), and was moderated by Rashmi Sinha.
Peter Merholtz blogged his thoughts here: www.peterme.com/archives/000793.html
Core77 offers a rundown of the event here: http://www.core77.com/blog/events/design_for_emergent_systems_4821.asp
And the organization's event page is here: http://www.baychi.org/calendar/20061010/