Living in a Fragile House

Old Shoe Woman, via flickr.com

The systems we rely on are often much more fragile than they seem, and we're constantly increasing the pressure on them.

“We are exponentially increasing stress on the systems we depend on” - Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota

By 2050, world population is expected to reach 9 billion people. That means there will be 2 billion more people who will need food and energy, each adding to the stress on the systems that provide us with those things.

We rely on many fracture-critical systems, each as precarious as a row of balanced dominoes, with disaster at the end.