An Architectural Theory of Everything
I was watching a documentary the other night about the work of Stephen Hawking. Much of the documentary was concerned with the Theory of Everything – an attempt to explain all physical phenomena. Apparently, gravity is far weaker than you’d expect (this was demonstrated by showing that a small magnet can pick up a pin despite the gravity of the entire planet pulling in the opposite direction.)
When the narrator explained how the Theory of Everything meant that the physicists of the Very Small could begin to have a dialogue with the physicists of the Very Large, I wondered if there is a similar problem in architecture. There are architects concerned with the Enterprise (let’s call this the Very Large) and those concerned with application and component design (let’s call this the Very Small.) So, are there patterns and principles that apply across the whole architectural continuum? I think that there are, but I’ve not seen too much thought and writing applied to issues across this entire continuum – of course I could be looking in the wrong places. Architectural String Theory anyone?