Ditto on my being a spaz: check out Global Chicago, written by Michael Herman, a fellow Chicagoan. He takes a philosophical approach to design and urban space, which I find refreshingly different to read and think about. I am intrigued by his take on open space, complexity, and Hayek:
The planned orders of our organizations simply can not handle the levels of complexity and adaptation that most organizations are facing. The only compassionate thing to do is look carefully at the knowns and unknowns… and then to use planned orders for what we know and use OpenSpaceTech to discover and invite spontaneous orders to address all of the real and uncertain complexities, diversities, urgencies and conflicts we face.
Lots of food for thought.