Is Constraint something that should be addressed in I&A? Yes, constraints and limits are important aspects of daily life for organisations, enterprises, in economics, for production planning, etc.
However, the constraint is not there alone. Interweaves and Architects work in the world of humans where people use rich expressions to relate and describe their worlds. It has been shown that humans can relate badly to deficit approaches where the focus is on problems, what’s wrong, what needs to be fixed, or what’s missing. A shared focus on the positives sides, what might be, the opportunities, what you have, and freedoms, is equally (or more) important.
The positive sides, capabilities, and freedoms can be found emphasised in Appreciative Inquiry by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva, the Capability Approach by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, and the Heart-Mind inquiry by Dalai Lama Centre.
Does interweaving & architecting deliver only constraints? No, A delivery is than constraints.
I&A often involves inquiring, interpreting, evaluating the world through architectural lenses, for the purpose of generating knowledge. This knowledge can be in the form of descriptions, explanations of the past, hypothesis, or predictions.
Secondly, I&A efforts can deliver design artefacts (specifications, procedures, symbolic representations, experiences, physical exemplar, …) which include both representations of limitations and freedoms, as well as other characteristics relevant to next steps in the work flow.
Thirdly, in some cases, a deliverable contains statements that should be interpreted by the next step, such as a statement that investments should be balanced with benefits. This is an open-ended advice to apply a consideration; “balance” and as such does not translate directly to a freedom or limitation.
Main finding: Both limitations and freedoms are important to consider and material for I&A efforts.
An interweaving or architecture practice or profession can easily be considered as boring, not interesting, and negative with a sole focus on problems and what’s wrong. Colleagues may consider architects as the No-People that goes around and says to other people what they cannot do, or monitor their compliance. Architects need to appreciate opportunities and freedoms as well as limitations,
I&A efforts produce more than constraints that limits artefacts, enterprises, companies, buildings, etc.
Usage in the Framework Interweaving and Architecture (FIA) practices:
In the FIA, the aspects of limitations, boundaries, and freedoms are included and equally considered. The opportunities and freedoms are part of “The positive side of FIA”.
FIA defines a key aspect; Space, that merge freedoms, limitations, and boundaries of beings and doings into one concept. Space’s can be used to describe or define open and closed areas of activity, decision making, authority, responsibility, manoeuvrability, etc.
Anders is a Master Interweaver and Architect with international experiences on all levels, United Nation, EU, global, regional and national (standardisation) organisations, as well as national state agencies.