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Science for Designers: The Transformation of Wholes


By Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros


San Antonio Remodeler Design Build

The most commonly held and influential idea about design is that it’s the art of bringing essentially unrelated parts into a “composition” or an “assembly”. The funny thing is, from a scientific point of view, this idea is entirely wrong. A much better idea about design is that it’s the transformation of one whole into another whole. Not only is this definition more accurate, it’s also crucial for achieving an adaptive design. Read more