ShearingLayers (ThoughtStorms)

In HowBuildingsLearn, StewartBrand analyses buildings as composed of a number of layers or systems. Each system adapts but over a different time-scale. Thus, each system adapts fairly independently, although the inner, faster adapting systems are constrained by the state of the outer, slower adapting system.

Brand calls these Shearing Layers.

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CategoryEcology, CategoryOrganicArchitecture