Chris Kott wrote:So shortest, most complete answer wins, right?
Mike Jay wrote:I usually say "It's getting multiple uses out of one element of your design. Like a pergola that gives shade, has a gate to your garden, supports grapes and looks pretty."
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I think of stacking functions as actions, not so much a design principle.
Stacking functions is doing (or building or designing) something that serves more than one function simultaneously.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:Here's my simple description: passive multi-tasking.
We observe that nature stacks functions for the sake of passive multi-tasking , so now we engineer that stacking to serve our purposes.
Take my banana trees, for instance.
Chris Kott wrote:Weren't we looking for a simple description?
Abe Coley wrote:a sheep can be a lawnmower that gives you milk & warm shirts.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:So what's the difference between multi-functional and "stacking functions"?
Wes Hunter wrote: "Stacking" is an active verb, and so it is (or can be) continuous; one can always continue stacking function upon function, in theory at least.