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On Growth and Form

by:D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

While it may look unapproachable and possibly unrelated, On Growth and Form is an essential read for designers interested in understanding and applying concepts of emergence, morphology, generative design and performance-oriented design. Thompson’s seminal text gives an intelligent insight into why things look the way they do, from their mathematical and geometrical logics to the energy expended during the process of morphogenesis. In order to better comprehend how to design more effective systems or structures, look no further. As Thompson says, ‘the form of an object is a “diagram of forces”, in this sense, at least, that from it we can judge of or deduce the forces that are acting or have acted upon it’.

– Evan Greenberg

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