Jul 16 2009
“’Think simple’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”, Frank Lloyd WrightPosted by: arch in Episteme, Techne
The simplest of design principals is taught to architecture students in some of the earliest design studios they experience, and yet for some, it is only at the end of their formal education when they are reminded and coerced into returning to these principles that they impact and influence work. This is one of the more beautiful and perplexing aspects of architectural education; that the synthesis of material must happen at the student’s moment of choosing, it cannot be forced, it can only be inspired to occur. Some simply sit and let the knowledge wash over them in waves rather than arranging the various and disparate contributors (client, program, technology, theory, formal ordering) into inspiring architecture; this is the purview of the developing mind. Others engage the conversation readily, and begin to use the knowledge as the basis of their next endeavor. However, all are able… the question is when will they employ the tools?
My studio dictum: As simple as it can be, as complex as it needs to be…
“On the occasion of the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing, the Guggenheim and Google SketchUp invite amateur and professional designers from around the world to enter Design It: Shelter Competition. From now until August 23, you can submit a 3-D shelter for any location in the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth.”, Guggenheim Museum