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Quality of Life by Design: The Science of a Structuralist Revolution

BY Michael Mehaffy

Scientific discoveries about the structures of living systems can help both design theorists and practical designers to think differently about new ways for the responsible reform of technology and the advancement of our created environment.


Fundamental questions raised by the ancient Greeks remain urgent even to this day.  The tension between the idealism of Plato’s independent realm of Form, and the hylomorphism of Aristotle’s theory of matter becoming its own form, for example, is reflected in centuries of scientific inquiry into the structures of living systems in nature. But such scientific progress has also r... View Full Summary