"Our thinking is a pious reception". ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today we’re going to open up your brain and look inside for a bit – in order to realize some very important stuff.
Don’t fret, and don’t run away. This is an exercise in meta-thinking. And as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, meta-thinking is a great tool for gaining meaningful insight about your own design process.
After all, once you understand how your thinking process ticks, you’ll be able to determine your cogs in the system, weed them out, and become a better designer in the process.
This post covers something extremely critical: your motivations.
When you handle your studio projects, who are you really designing for?
In going about your design process, whose face are you picturing with each line? Who is the end goal that your architecture must satisfy? With each little move, each element, each nuance, whose nod of approval are you primarily valuing?
You’ll be surprised at the many possible answers, their implications, and what they say about your own aspirations.
So then – as you look purposely at your finished architectural program, sketch on a napkin, get your hands goey with your sketch model, or manipulate shells and fabrics on Sketchup or Rhino, who is primarily on your mind?
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