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trabajamos para ella ! - of swarms and family
of swarms and family 
Monday, March 31, 2008, 01:12 PM - Differentiation
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swarms and distribution of intelligence: decentralised decision making

“That war (vietnam) also proved the self-defeating nature of centralization: the more
one tries to achieve total certainty, the greater the increase in the information flow
needed to run the operation, and therefore the more uncertain the final results. Far
from solving the problem, computers ended up compounding it by producing their
own endless streams of information.” …

De landa, M. War in the Age of Intelligent Machine, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990)
p. 79

self similarity and difference

Architecture as an assembly of design components implicitly suggests ‘self-similarity’ and ‘difference’ amongst the parts of the system. Particulars or aspects of this similarity and difference could be multitude. Nonetheless, our research aims to ‘appose’ and /or articulate the notion with other issues that deserve to be discussed. In recent ‘parametric’ systems of design and of codification of design for construction, this aspect of similarity and difference, have tended to be manifested in the production of ‘homeo-morphic’ geometries such as ‘adaptive (to curvature) tiling’ patterns, structural skins etc. Alternatively, there have been systems, like those in robotics , that concentrated on production of non-topological difference and on aspects of ‘family’ and ‘individual’ on the basis of ‘attributes’ such as constituent parts , specific task-capacities, transformation pathways etc.

Images and videos show attempts to combine the position & directional relations betweens 'objects in a swarm' and the morphological self-similarity of 'objects in a family', towards developing an formal language of at urban scale. This apart from more weathered concerns of architecture and urbanism including discourses on performance fitness, spatial perception and experience, socio-cultural implications etc.

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