Embracing the tyranny of distance: Space as an enabling constraint

Seth Bullock, Christopher L Buckley

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Architectural design is typically limited by the constraints imposed by physical space. If and when opportunities to attenuate or extinguish these limits arise, should they be seized? Here it is argued that the limiting influence of spatial embedding should not be regarded as a frustrating "tyranny" to be escaped wherever possible, but as a welcome enabling constraint to be leveraged. Examples from the natural world are presented, and an appeal is made to some recent results on complex systems and measures of interaction complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalTechnoetic Arts
Issue number2
Early online date1 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • computer modelling
  • computer simulation
  • interaction
  • interaction complexity
  • natural architectures
  • networks
  • spatial location
  • termite mounds

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