Engineer

Isabella Asks: So You Want to Teach Systems Thinking?arrow4

Focusing on quantitative-relational thinking strategies, the Systems Mode is designed for our student engineers, those interested in understanding how it all connects. They study problems related to cycles and interactions and explore various issues faced by those working in the civil, mechanical, chemical, and other engineering fields. Students connect, synthesize, chunk, encode, integrate, map, formulate, and equate to model systematic relationships.


The Naked Singularity Building: Home to Engineers

Some physicists believe that in a black hole gravity takes full control and, consequently, all systems act as one. This is the point of the concept of singularity. This theory was the inspiration for the exposed spherical building known as "Naked Singularity." The "Sing" Building's semi-transparent polyester Mylar skin exposes all of its load bearing, electrical, and mechanical systems to the outside world.

Note: While we are not totally sure about it, we do theorize that this building could only exist in a virtual world primarily because nature abhors a naked singularity.

 

Key Concepts: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous; Predator vs. prey; Conservation vs. transfer; Rest vs. motion; Input vs. output; Cohesion vs. repulsion; Enthalpy vs. entropy; Space; Climate; Diffusion; Conductivity; Biomes; Architecture; Transit; Variance; Efficiency; Dynamics; Optimization; Risk; Cycle; Emergence;  Logistics; Ecosystems; Physical forces

Key Skills: Map internal relationships; Track system relationships; Manipulate variance and scale; Create systems and models; Reflect on design; Connect and Synthesize; Track Action and Reaction; Formulate and Equate; Integrate and map; Manipulate and Balance; Chunk and Encode