What is Emergent Architecture


The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

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Emergent Architecture … what a wonderful term! It’s so ephemeral! But what does it actually mean? Often associated with Complex Adaptive Systems, Emergent Architecture is the idea that architecture “emerges” over a period of time, from the day-to-day use of a system or space. It’s an elegant concept but difficult to understand in any concrete way.

So, rather than try to explain it in-the-abstract I made a video of how Emergent Architecture is applied. The video discusses three different scenarios of Emergent Architecture. All three scenarios discuss the same ideas and concepts but from three different points of view. I hope you find it useful. Here is it …

Finally, for those curious about the image above; it’s a photo of Kowloon Walled City; a fascinating place that was demolished in 1993. It was analogous to the current day Favelas.


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