Cells have survived the tough selection pressures of millions of years of
biological evolution. Perhaps we should turn the matter on its head, and ask if there are
things we can learn about our cities by looking at living cells.
- Cells are highly organised and exceptionally efficient; they are neither too big nor too
small. They have evolved effective ways to interact with their neighbours.
- There is a wonderful sense of cooperation within a cell. Every part of the cell works
towards the healthy functioning of the whole.
- Cells pass on knowledge from one generation to the next. Accessible, usable information
is the key to evolutionary success.
So perhaps when you next walk around a city, you will see it just a little differently.
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