Asynsis | Form follows Flow

•May 26, 2011 • 1 Comment

Hong Kong Spin


Asynsis | Dynamical Symmetries

(Good) Form follows (True) Flow


“The designs we see in nature are not chance. They rise naturally, spontaneously,
because they enhance access to flow…”

(any flows: information, energy or matter)

Adrian Bejan


Sustainable Emergent Critical Design
The areas of synthesis between complexity sciences, fractal geometry and the golden mean’s behaviours in dynamical systems over time: leading to an argument for an architectural design approach based on beauty, analogy, synesis and optimisation via emergent, contextual, vernacular-informed yet contemporary environmentally sustainable design.

Draft Issue 2.0 (Peer-reviewed by the Corresponding Editor of  Nexus Network Journal Professor Vera W. de Spinadel and amended/elaborated upon in 2011 from the 1994 original published in AD magazine, John Wiley & Sons London)


Westminster 2014 End of Year Portfolio Review

•June 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

safe_imageGreetings from Hong Kong! Wonderful examples of cosmomimetic, optimal, analogical design.

Great to see exemplars for the Asynsis principle are kicking in at my Westminster DipArch alma mater where it all began.

Here’s our latest updates on the initial breakthrough AD article, now in association with the Constructal Design in Nature team:

All the best with your wonderful work.

(Good) Form follows (True) Flow.

via 2014 End of Year Portfolio Review.

The Hum: do Solar System orbital dynamics display Asynsis-Constructal geometries and behaviours?

•May 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

Is the Hum a Music of the Spheres for our age?

If confirmed, this appears to be more Asynsis-Constructal QED – more evidence (this time from celestial mechanics), that optimal, analogical geometries best describe Constructal behaviours in nature at all scales and time frames.

“The logical conclusion is that feedback is present via perturbations between the planets and Sun which arranges the planets into an order which minimises work done, enhances stability and maximises entropy. This calls to mind the Constructal law, stated by Adrian Bejan in 1996 as follows:

“For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it.”

A true system contains cybernetic feedback. The Phi relationships demonstrated here are evidence that the solar system truly is a system in the full sense of the word.”

So in the spirit of Voltaire (and to paraphrase): we may disagree on some issues (such as the relative importance of anthropogenic vs solar-variation climate change), but we must defend everyone’s right to their opinion, especially if it’s sincerely held.

Time and more good science, will tell.

After all, toleration of dissenting views is not only a sign of enlightened civilisation, (we can hardly revert to how we persecuted Giordano Bruno for his ‘many worlds’ beliefs, which is now part of standard cosmology); but also of optimal system-balancing feedback according to the Asynsis-Constructal position, high-Phi-IIT/self-organised critical, phase transition regimes. Therefore by being pluralistic and tolerating dissent, we are perhaps also, both following and revealing – a newly understood dynamical, emergent property of nature.

Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tuscon, April 2014

•May 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Space Time Foam



Integrated, Iterative, Infinite

Integrated, Iterative, Infinite

Seeking a “middle path” between the Orch OR & Phi-IIT positions

Some Asynsis-Constructal speculations on the relationships between the Orch OR theory of Penrose-Hameroff-Bandyopadhyay and Phi-IIT theory of Tononi-Koch-Tegmark in terms of Chalmer’s Hard problem of the subjective self and optimal, analogical geometries.

Based on exchanges with the principals immediately after the TSC Conference at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, April 2014

Amsterdam 16th Jan lecture & debate.PDF

Asynsis ConsciousnessFIN_050514.PDF

More Asynsis-Constructal QED: Weaire-Phelan Lowest Energy Foam displays Asynsis geometry

•May 6, 2014 • 1 Comment

Weaire-Phelan Foam


Biomimesis to Cosmomimesis: Beauty, Optimisation and Sustainability in Design

•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Asynsis Public Lecture Macau SAR, China

Asynsis Public Lecture
Macau SAR, China


Nigel Anthony Reading will give an evening lecture on the Asynsis principle at USJ, Macau on Thursday 6 March. All Macau+HK friends welcome!

Asynsis published in South China Morning Post January 2014

•January 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Asynsis principle in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Spin for West Kowloon Cultural District

Asynsis principle in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Spin for West Kowloon Cultural District

Asynsis published in South China Morning Post January 2014

There’s more below on the Asynsis-principle Constructal law and how working with us, stakeholders can add world-class quality with strong Asian values to their new architecture & design projects here in Asia and beyond.
It’s a compelling, universally applicable new methodology for optimising beauty in design, efficiencies in construction and operations whilst also enhancing project and brand value, both in the built environment and also in the wider economy.
The Hong Kong Spin is proposed as ideally, a PPP with the government of the HK SAR and a commercial consortium, for which we seek interest.
It would also serve as a demonstration project for the new optimal, sustainable design methods of the Asynsis-Constructal paradigm. When shown to the Hong Kong Tourism commission and former Commerce and Economic Development secretary before, the reaction was very positive indeed.
The ideal site is West Kowloon Cultural District, with the HKS having a value-adding catalysing “one country, two systems” (Greek letter φ-Phi – for the golden ratio, Chinese character 中-Zhong – for the middle kingdom) symbolism.

Like the London Eye at the Culture and Arts-focused Southbank and the Eiffel Tower, it would be a bespoke tailored city-branding icon for our beautiful fusion city, giving us competitive advantage over our regional rivals like Singapore.
The original complete project delivery team for concept (first published and exhibited in 1997 via an HKIA Handover competition), delivery and engineering would again be engaged in this enterprise.

Nigel Reading RIBA LEED GA

Design Director

Asynsis Architecture + Design

Form follows Flow

Form follows Flow: Is there a New Geometric Law of Thermodynamics?

•October 15, 2013 • 2 Comments


e^{i *pi} = -(2phi-root5)

e^{i *pi} = -(2phi-root5)


Asynsis presents @ Constructal Law Conference 2013

Nanjing University of Science & Technology

Nanjing, China

  • Design as (a bridge between Art and) Science
  • Design in Nature and Culture, via the Intelligence of Geometry
  • More 4 Less.
  • Form follows Flow.

We discuss Constructal law as the facilitation of increasing flow and the freedom to morph being the thermodynamic motive force explaining self-similarity, multiscale-power law and fractal geometries in nature and culture.

But rather than emphasising the decomposition of Fractals, we refer more to the composition of Constructal size, shape and organisation of each dynamical system “drawing” in nature and culture.

Fractal geometry is descriptive, whilst Constructal law is predictive, allowing scientific predictions to be made and confirmed. Asynsis principle conjectures made in AD magazine in 1994 have since been confirmed and profoundly elaborated on by the Constructal law and by other researchers as provided in this and other posts in this blog.
Constructal truths have vindicated Asynsis beauty – and Asynsis beauty confirms Constructal truths. 

In effect: we show how Constructal behaviours explain the Fractal geometries of nature and culture in both space and now also,  flowing freely and more easily, evolving and designing endlessly creative new morphologies – in time.

So, a transformative, historic new universal paradigm is on us, one that bridges the two cultures of art and science, that profoundly reveals the spatio-temporal architectures of our world and which crucially, reveals a new path for our civilisation to design and develop itself more optimally and sustainably and to best manage increasing complexity driven by ever more demand for power and resources, whilst remaining in harmony with the planetary biosphere.

We present a grand unified design theory of everything in complexity, while demonstrating a new paradigm of Cosmomimetic design, integrating, inter alia: Biomimetic design, Phi-Intergrated Information Theory and the Evolutionary Origins of Modularity, covering all systems in nature and culture, all flows and the forms they optimally, analogically and sustainably evolve to produce.

Asynsis Principle-Constructal law: nature’s innate geometries revealing her optimising, sustainable behaviours, be they animate or not, from human consciousness to political-economy, from black hole behaviours to artificial intelligence, from aircraft sizes to quantum gravity. All are integral to the new, universal theory of everything of the Constructal law of design in nature and culture and the Asynsis principle, which is the essential, archetypal geometrical signatures of those behaviours.
An evidence-based comparison between western theories of Dynamical systems and Complexity on the one hand and eastern concepts of facilitating Qi flow via optimal Li patterns on the other, to attempt a new, transcultural synthesis, thereby forging a new global paradigm for sustainable design and development.

We present the Asynsis Principle as the archetypal, optimal and analogical geometries revealed by the thermodynamic, irreversible behaviours of the Constructal law at the annual Constructal Law Conference, Nanjing, China, October 14-15, 2013.

Profound thanks to Professors Adrian Bejan, Sylvie Lorente and also Houlei Zhang of Duke University and Nanjing University of Science and Technology respectively; and to the University of Westminster Architecture, Engineering and Computer Science faculties, AD Magazine London and New York, plus the British Library, London.

Nigel Anthony Reading RIBA BADip Architecture LEED GA
Design Director

ASYNSIS Architecture + Design



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