The Order/Chaos Pattern represents the oppositional dynamics at work in the creative process. it is one aspect of the more foundational First Order Pattern, Polarity. Order/Chaos demonstrates the relationship and interplay between states of orderly functionality and states of breakdown and irregularity. Orderly states must be balanced against periods of breakdown that allow the rearrangement of previously fixed elements into new, more appropriate forms. The role of Order/Chaos is to facilitate adaptation and evolution.
The principle of creative breakdown: the enduring health of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of periods of structured function with periods of breakdown and reorganisation, for a given context.