Category Archives: CCCity

Ruiying Liu’s Writings About Complexity

Everyday reflections on complexity, cognition and the city. Publishing in student magazines in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ruiying Liu has introduced some of her ideas:

Where this all started: stories of the people behind Complexity, Cognition and the City
The Origin of Complexity in Bnieuws, 50(04)
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How hand-drawn lines mediate the agency of urban design in the visual media: learning from Frits Palmboom
All About Lines—A Palmboom View, in Bnieuws, 50(06) 
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Discovering the source behind metaphors and analogies of urban designers in the faculty
Analogues and the Source Blood of Design: Mindspotting of urbanism designers, in Atlantis, 27. 3

The Dutch planning concept, the Green Heart: its role in cognitive and societal processes
From Legacy to Legacy in Bnieuws, 50(07)
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A metaphorical-thinking perspective on Chinese Fengshui
The Elusive Wind and Water in Bnieuws, 50(02)
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How to break out of the Cartesian space and codification when mapping places
Warped Geographies: 3 Drawings, with Leo van den Burg, in Atlantis, 27.1

Reflecting on design education and a tribute to Christopher Alexander
Design is Not a Tree in Bnieuws, 50(02)
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New book by Herman Haken & Juval Portugali: Information Adaptation

Information adaptation: The interplay between Shannon information and semantic information in cognition

More information can be found on the website of Springer. Disciplines concerned: Information science, compute science, cognitive science, complexity science/dynamical systems, neuroscience, urbanism. The book will be published in the beginning of 2015.

New paper: A SIRN view on design thinking – An urban design perspective

In this paper we bring together two notions: SIRN (synergetic inter representation networks) that was originally developed as a complexity theory approach to cognition, cognitive mapping, and urban dynamics; and DT (design thinking) which is a field of research that studies the general process of design as it is implemented in domains such as engineering, architecture, urban design, crafts, and art. In the paper we suggest how a SIRN view can contribute to DT, and specifically to urban design—dealing with large-scale collective artifacts. We conclude by presenting a research agenda that illustrates and exemplifies SIRN’s potential to participate in the discourse on some central DT issues.

Keywords: SIRN, complexity, cognition, design thinking, urban design

The paper will be publised in Environment and Planning B. The paper can be downloaded here.