Jan 27, 2013

INSTINCT TO METHOD


INSTINCT TO METHOD
Here’s how it happens:
Somewhere there’s an instinct.
The culture says, “no”.
The architect insists,
resists,
begins to explore,
evolves;
becomes pragmatic;
becomes experienced;
becomes system,
becomes, method;
becomes teachable;
becomes learned;
becomes culture.
A practiced pattern of practice replaces the original instinct.
What didn’t exist,
Fumbles,
Tumbles,
Stumbles
Doesn’t crumble –
Stands, provisionally,
Unsteady to steady,
Unbalanced to balanced,
And comes to rest as a new pro forma.
Now the culture says, “yes”.
Too late.
FROM I DON’T KNOW TO NOW I KNOW….
When I don’t know becomes now I know,
Architecture’s finished.
When last year’s words become next year’s words,
Architecture’s done.
Style arrives.

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