Monday, 18 March 2019

Pace Layering: How Complex Systems Learn and Keep Learning (2018)

Here is a short piece by Stewart Brand on pace layers - an idea he developed in his book How Buildings Learn. He proposes six layers - all of which have a distinctive tick rate. The image above is a re-drawn illustration of the six layers and their relationships. His summary;
Fast learns, slow remembers.  Fast proposes, slow disposes.  Fast is discontinuous, slow is continuous.  Fast and small instructs slow and big by accrued innovation and by occasional revolution.  Slow and big controls small and fast by constraint and constancy.  Fast gets all our attention, slow has all the power.