Category Archives: Inspiration

Thinking about fractals and ordering systems… Click on image to go to artist’s gallery (links to DeviantArt).


Blaze 1, Bridget Riley, 1962. Currently at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Click through to Flickr gallery!

“Notice that this series is called ‘Evolutionary architecture and emergent design.’ Why the distinction between evolutionary and emergent? Emergent architecture, as one of my colleagues pointed out to me, isn’t such a hot idea. If you accept the premise that architecture is about things hard to change later, it becomes difficult to allow an architecture to emerge. Architecture concerns infrastructure elements that must exist before you can start the application. However, just because you can’t allow architecture to emerge doesn’t mean that it can’t evolve. If you have created a flexible architecture and taken care not to create an irreversible decision, you can allow it to evolve over time as new concerns appear. […] One of the core ideas behind evolutionary architecture is to defer decisions as late as you can, which allows you to substitute alternatives that recent experience has shown are superior.”
– Neal Ford

From an article on software design from, here.

“Over the years I’ve seen numbers of fanciful plans proposed by architects which have yet to convince me there is any advantage to using tensegrity over other methods of design. Usually the philosophy is akin to turning an antique coffee-grinder into the base for a lamp: it’s there, so why not find a way to put it to some use. No, I see the richness of the floating compression principle to lie in the way I’ve used it from the beginning, for no other purpose than to unveil the exquisite beauty of structure itself. Consciously or unconsciously we respond to the many aspects of order in nature. For me, these studies in forces are a rich source for an art which celebrates the aesthetic of structure, of physical forces at work; force-diagrams in three-dimensional space, as I describe them.”
– Kenneth Snelson

The inventor of “tensegrity” structures was not Bucky Fuller. Fuller stole Snelson’s idea. See letter here:

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
E.L. Doctorow