Strategies & Tactics: Practices of Volatility

For discussion on Thursday, September 15, please upload two questions pertaining to the key summer readings:
Sanford Kwinter’s “Complex & Singular,” Manuel De Landa’s War in the Age of Intelligent Machines, and Mason White’s “Making Plans.” Either make a new post or just add it as a comment here.


5 thoughts on “Strategies & Tactics: Practices of Volatility

  1. Questions for discussion:

    (1) How can we allow the evolutionary paths of humans and machines to enter into a symbiotic relationship, instead of letting machines dispace humans? (DeLanda, Manuel)

    (2) Since, Cartography was so influential within military technology, what can we learn from the current mode of technology, other than predictions? Has new modes of technology created an awareness of the effect that humans have had on earth? (DeLanda, Manuel)

    (From bibliography) (3) It is possible to reinterpret an illogical sequence of infrastructure building as a series of happy accidents? (Can we design or represent long term effects in conventional architecture formulations?) (Easterling, Keller)

  2. (1) Is the distributed network (a distributed chain of command) the only way high technology and constant communication can be applied to a tactical network? What if the chain of command disappeared entirely and there was only one echelon, empowered and communicative…

    (2) Can an indeterminate, dynamic plan still function as a communicative document, or does it become irretrievably introspective, full of personal antecedents rather than transmittable information?

  3. 1. Is architecture as product inherently out of step with time, while architecture as process intrinsically in time? (Kwinter)

    2. It seems time is also an issue here in reference to plan making versus plan drawing. Beyond the point that a plan drawing favors a perspective that is unnatural, doesn’t it serve well a specific point in the process of a drawing’s realization as a built form? To rethink the plan in this way is to rethink the entire process of making. (White)

  4. 1. Is there a relationship between what DeLanda calls “friction”, “dissipative structures” and human concept of waste? What if any does each of these have a role in creating waste?

    2. Plans can deal with a set of actionable items over a set of time (playbook). This notion, while dealing with time and movement does not account for simple or sever movement in mass or migration. What is is the role of the plan besides at the onset, an idea the is executed and left to the past? (White)

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