January 6, 2007
About Philip Henshaw
By: Rowan Wolf
Natural science has long been my actual main work, which I've supported with architectural design. Occasionally both have been worth all the trouble it takes to do them well. My recent architectural work includes significant roles in the design of New York's Bronx Botanic Garden visitor's center, Science, Industry & Business public library (SIBL), the Grand Central terminal renovation, reconstructing St. Agnes cathedral, renovating the Metropolitan club, Jewish Theological Seminary, the Coney Island Steeplechase Ball Park, Grand Rapids Public Library, Niagara Gorge visitor center, SOPAC in South Orange, the US Courthouse in Jackson MI, and other projects. Now I'm working at H3, back with old friends. It's good work, and nice to have clients that expect enough to make it fun. I first changed to architecture when physics didn't satisfy my interest in arts and values, and was then brought back to physics when my study of abstract form in air currents led to finding the curiously obvious unnoticed pattern of locally emergent systems, an opening to the great questions and contradictions of science and nature.
My major work is on the physics of natural systems, called the physics of happening [http://www.synapse9.com/drwork.htm]. I think my two principle contributions are a reliable method of identifying emergent natural systems, and using the tools of physics backwards to study them. I use the same mathematical and logical tools, but to detect and watch events develop in the things themselves, carefully exploring autonomous and unstable systems rather than making simplified models of them. In the case of natural systems it seems all models are simplistic.
Posted by Rowan at January 6, 2007 11:29 PM Category: Authors