Engineering standards and design codes reflect best practice to provide frameworks that manage complexity and reduce variability so that compliance results in safe, predictably tolerable outcomes.

However standardisation and the prevention of variability can constrain the conditions required for sustainable and resilient systems to meet changing socio-environmental needs, as well as their resistence and recovery from un-anticipated hazards. 

The workshop implemented simple tools based on Systems Theory to explore the complex relationships between design codes, and the behaviours they create in those that follow them, and the products of their design. It sought to investigate how standards can constrain the capabilities that contribute to a systems resilience and the proactive ways in which they can support those same capabilities. 

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