I was referred to this wiki article recently:
“Wicked problem” is a phrase used in social planning to describe a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.” (to see the full article click here)
The field of Design – be it architecture, industrial, communication – attempts to put order to a constantly evolving “problem set,” where variables become increasingly complex and the possibility to narrow down at best limits the possibilities to see the “bigger picture.” Yes, if we develop the most “Ultra-sustainable” structure within the given lot, the true challenge entails finding methods by which it is contributing to a greater network of issues in a positive manner. The urban is messy, crowded, busy, and systematically complex. Urban design, therefore, is an attempt to understand why things are manifested in the way that they are, and how to begin to tackle the issues that revolve around the complex.
I am curious to know how the built fabric can serve as a teaching tool, in a manner that follows the guiding principles of how we learn – to postulate ideas on how to design for the mind through the manifestation of the built space. There is a reason why people are inclined exercise, consume less resources, or a lead healthy eating habits. These unspoken principles are common worldwide, and the manifestation of the built fabric allows or declines this possibility. The “push and pull” between the built fabric and lifestyle choices is the manner by which I wish to understand the urban environment.