Agent of Change

“Even the most aimless changes will eventually lead to well-fitting forms, because of the tendency to equilibrium inherent in the organisation of the process. All the agent need do is recognise failures when they occur, and to react to them. It is especially important to understand that the agent in such a process needs no creative strength. He does not need to be able to improve the form, only to make some sort of change when he notices a failure. The changes may not be always for the better; but it is not necessary that they should be, since the operation of the process allows only the improvements to persist.

- Christopher Alexander, ibid

Misfit

“Misfit provides an incentive to change; good fit provides none.”
- Christopher Alexander, Qotes on the Synthesis of the Form, The Evolution of Useful Things p30