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Fred Brooks, author of the well-known “The Mythical Man-Month”, and also of a book about large-scale, collaborative design in general, “The Design of Design”, says that the most important consideration is that the end design should have Conceptual Integrity.

Brooks thinks that conceptual integrity results of having a single mind oversee the entire design and construction.

But how was this possible for things that were *not* done like that – like cities, where not all the buildings were designed/built by the same master builder – and that yet have fantastic conceptual integrity, like medieval cities?