9.0 Welcome [HORIZONS]

The past, present and the future meet here, with background information, past and ongoing research, past projects employing the approach used herein [9.2], illustrations from two earlier books, and Sources and Links [ongoing].

Postscript: [quotations from Waldrop on Chaos Theory]

....in essence, that very simple dynamical rules can give rise to extraordinarily intricate surprising and essentially unpredictable behaviour. i.e. fractals, turbulence, weather, etc.

And on complex, self organising systems

...are adaptive and opportunistic, possessing a kind of peculiar dynamism - they are spontaneous, disorderly, alive. Not in equilibrium, always unfolding, in transition.... Systems composed of many agents ... constantly organising and reorganising themselves into larger structures through the clash of mutual accommodation and rivalry... new emergent behaviours. Complexity... science of emergence.

..where system components never quite lock into place, never quite dissolve into turbulence; where new ideas and innovation nibble away at the edges of the status quo; constantly shifting battle zones between stagnation and anarchy.

Edge of Chaos

And a final word from a designer, Carl Jencks, from his The Post Modern Reader According to the anthropic principle we inhabit a universe full of violence and unpredictability, but one so finely tuned that it allows us to observe and fathom it; in effect one which has been trying for 15 billion years to produce strange and wonderful things that can think, feel and react to it.


Collective action swamps the indeterminacy of the individual and produces visual and mathematical beauty......(?)

9.1 Brief Curriculum Vitae.

9.2 Making - some experiments and projects.

9.2.1 Early works.

9.2.2 Ekistikit [modular building system] original developments.

9.2.3 Ekistikit [modular building system] recent developments with UNIT.

9.2.4 Islamathematica [touring exhibition].

9.2.5 Carvings.

9.3 Illustrations from books.

9.3.1 From Language of Pattern, Thames and Hudson London 1974. [Co-authors Keith Albarn, Jenny Miall Smith, Stanford Steele and Dinah Walker]

9.3.2 From Diagram - the instrument of thought, Thames and Hudson London 1977 [Co-authors Keith Albarn and Jenny Miall Smith]

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