The article discusses complex systems, from cities to living forms, to natural forces of evolution. Weinstock presents a new way to think about systems and relationships of parts within a whole. It is the interactions of these parts to their surroundings that produce a coherent form. Examples include schools of fish and flocks of birds, showing the collective behavior of individual organisms result in complex, self-organized forms.
The example of a tree branching was particularly interesting - how it evolved to optimize transportation for fluids, while also maintaining structural stability and maximizing surface area for photosynthesis. The form is not just one thing - but instead a series of parts whose interactions produce a more complex form.
The high level of complexity that is produced from these interactions makes it very difficult to predict the outcome. This relates heavily to our work with Digital Project in that we can make a prediction of the parts final form, but when including multiple relationships, it proves much more difficult. I look forward to exploring what we can produce with digital project, and seeing the unpredictable complexities that develop.