Every Schoolboy Should Know that Patterns are Connecting Patterns and Threads are connecting Threads

Format: Papers, RSD11, RSD11: Different stories in design (Bateson), Topic: Methods & Methodology

Fanjasoa Louisette Rasoloniaina

École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Val de Seine (ENSAPVS), EVCAU & ICT research labs, Université Paris Cité, France

The observation and use of the Environmental Genetic Code systemic matrix

This article traces the influence of Gregory Bateson’s thought on the construction of a new epistemological, didactic and praxeological framework based on the systemic analysis of the Swahili territory and community, the observation of the use of the Environmental Genetic Code (EGC) systemic matrix by Master students of the architectural project studio “Conjuring Social and Natural Catastrophes in the Post-Covid Area” at ENSAPVS, and the questioning of the EGC during the RSD10 workshop “Weaving a Collective Intelligence Systemic Design Tool.”

This set of studies allowed the consolidation of the EGC matrix by reinforcing the realisation of the relationships and communications between creatura and pleroma, thwarting the very principle of a border, of a hierarchy between reigns and even more fundamentally requestioning its notion, opening a perspective towards epigenetics and biosemiotics thresholding disciplinary boundaries and fully embracing the inter-trans-poly-disciplinarity or post-disciplinarity that suits the paradigm of Post-Normal Science that allows us to grasp uncertainty and formulate effective and reasoned conceptions that support the connection and reliance between systemic research, design, policy-making and activism.

Systemic thinking is one step, but ecosystemic thinking, designing, and acting is the ultimate phase to achieve, establishing a symbiosis between humans, their productions and environmental conditions embodying the ARMSADA principle, moving out of predation, domination framework and embracing a collaborative mode of operation and existence. The change in mind thought demands the integration of complexity and tentacular thinking; in this maze, the Ariane’s thread is the work of Gregory Bateson, who has paved the way and laid the groundwork for pragmatic ecological intelligence.

KEYWORDS: ecosystem thinking, morphological mapping, string figures, epigenetics, tentacular thinking

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Citation Data

Author(s): Fanjasoa Louisette Rasoloniaina
Year: 2022
Title: Every Schoolboy Should Know that Patterns are Connecting Patterns and Threads are connecting Threads
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 116
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 23 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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