Acting spatial takes time. It is necessary to allow enough time for actively reinvesting space; to spend time on location, to meet other people, to reinvent uses of free time, to give oneself more and more time to share with others. Common desires can thus emerge from these « shared moments », collective dynamics and projects to come. Patiently, we had to rebuild practices in spaces void of use, which are no longer suited to anyone. (Constantin Petcou & Doina Petrescu, ‘Acting Space’)
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“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.”
The wheel’s hub holds thirty spokes Utility depends on the hole through the hub. The potter’s clay forms a vessel It is the space within that serves. A house is built with solid walls The nothingness of window and door alone render it usable. That which exists may be transformed What is non-existent has boundless uses. Lao Zi Dao De Jing (circa 6th century BCE)
Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday….
This extract here, from the book ‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander, is particularly useful for my studio project…
No one enjoys his work if he is a cog in a machine.
Encourage the formation of self-governing workshops and offices of 5 to 20 workers. Make each group autonomous – with respect to organization, style, relation to other groups, hiring and firing, work schedule. Where the work is complicated and requires larger organizations, several of these work groups can federate and cooperate to produce complex artifacts and services.
We are all frequently disabled—whether in a rush, in a foreign place, drunk, 18 years old or less, tired or old. Safety must be as integral a part of design as delight. The availability of almost subliminal information is prime. Anticipation in design and dispensation is as important as is in the reception. For delight and well being extra knowledge can enrich the commonplace. Architecturally, the content of visual information must be for the observer and not for the dispenser who demands recognition for his three dimensional dexterity.
– Cedric Price, “Anticipatory Architecture: Cedric Price Special Issue,” in Architect’s Journal ( 5 September 1996 ): 36.