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exoskeleton (n) – a stiff, calcified defensible edge that controls movement/flows across its boundary.
“Human populations began mineralizing again when they developed an urban exoskeleton: bricks of sun-dried clay became the building materials for their homes, which in turn surrounded and were surrounded by stone monuments and defensive walls. This exoskeleton serves a purpose similar to its internal counterpart: to control the movement of human flesh in and out of the town’s walls.” in Manuel de Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Brooklyn: Zone Books, 1997), 27.
friction (n) – an urban dynamic (delays, bottlenecks, conflict, uneven distribution of resources) that plays a crucial role in generating self-organization.
Manuel de Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Brooklyn: Zone Books, 1997), 41.
bifurcation (n) – the instability of a single system that results in a division into two or more smaller systems (e.g. the forking of a river into its tributaries, the division of cells).
subduction (n) – movement whereby layers of material are destroyed to create new matter-energy.
Manuel de Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Brooklyn: Zone Books, 1997), 41.

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November 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

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