In yesterday’s lecture, we had a discussion on which one is more preferable for building envelope, complexity or simplicity. This brought upon various topics of what complexity and simplicity is and its effect on the world. What is most intriguing to me is the discussion on how complexity and simplicity not being able to exist without the other. This is something I strongly agree on. We prefer the simple things in life. It is through the hard work of trials and errors to the completion of our goals.
I just recently read an article in the New York Times regarding on how innovations have made life much easier for us. Though there were various types of innovations that were mentioned only one caught my attention, which was about subway transportation. Being the directionally challenged person that I am, subway stations any type of public transportation that requires using a map frightens me. I tend to over think on my routes and usually end up getting myself lost. Of course now it is easier to navigate through the subway due to the consistency of the routing system. But this leads to the question on how is this possible? The time and effort put into programing the right system where anyone can travel on a subway by simply following colored routes to get to their destinations is amazing.
This leads me back to the article I’ve just read. Alice Rawsthorn mentioned in the New York Times about utilizing the New York subway system and what action should one take if one of the line were planned to be shut down for the day. Apparently M.T.A. (Metropolitan Transit Authority) came up with a system online where you can plan your route for the day and see if there would be any closed route. It is also a way for people utilize digital information that can easily narrowed down their search instead of looking through charts and timetables. There was a lot of hard work and planning put into creating this system. Who came up with the system and how was it put together? There will always a lot of time and effort put into making things simple for everyone. We cannot have complexity without simplicity.