Resilience depends upon strength in numbers and it thrives on connections. Any resilient system can only be achieved through a highly connected network of equally resilient parts, alllowing it to adapt to, and benefit from change. In fact, in a resilient ecosystem, each resilient part is a contributing member to multiple resilient systems, creating much needed redundancy.
Resilient objects exhibit longevity against all odds. Today, we humans have firmly established ourselves as the species in-charge of spaceship earth (Buckminster Fuller). As a result, the lifespan of most living beings and inanimate objects is directly affected by human decisions. Whether we like it or not, we exert influence on all systems: natural and man made. Due to this new reality, the importance of beauty, as we humans COLLECTIVELY perceive it has become a major factor guiding the fate of the physical world.
Technology’s ultimate goal is to be ubiquitous and invisible at the same time. Technology interacts with the physical world more every day, embedding itself into objects big and small. As it becomes invisible, beneath the surface, it also fundamentally changes our relationship with the real world.
To cure a sickness, one must study its cause and the pattern in which it unfolds. As we approach the age of turbulence, we must look at mediums that exhibit similar traits and explore ways to remediate the trauma cased by uncertainty, intensified cycles and ever more complicated inter-relationships. One such petridish is a typology where all of us are spending more time these days, and not by our own volition: the airport.
Movies often give us a glimpse of the shape of things to come. If the latest installment of the Star Trek enterprise is even a remote precurosr, the future, I am afraid is terribly sterile, cold and inhumane. London, depicted in the 23rd century as a sprawling megalopolis is littered with glass clad towers jutting into the stratosphere, each more twisted and gravity defying than its neighbor.