Predictability v. Flexibility

Just about everything we screw up as individuals and organizations has to do with our determination to optimize both extremes of predictability and flexibility, writes Ben Brown
November 27, 2013, 10am PST | Hazel Borys
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"Welcome to what we all need: A single chart that explains everything. Okay, maybe not everything. But a lot of stuff, especially stuff related to making rules for growing businesses and communities."

"It’s simple. And here’s what it illustrates: When you’re shaping rules to live by, the more you optimize flexibility, the more you sacrifice predictability. The higher you prioritize predictability, the lower your chances for flexibility."

Brown goes on with an extensive thought piece on how this applies to life ... and planning. He tells the nuanced story of the various types of urbanism -- lean in the far corner of flexibility and full codification of urbanism and architecture in the far corner of predictability. To be resilient, can we put all our eggs in either basket?

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Published on Monday, November 25, 2013 in PlaceShakers
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