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Stuff I'm reading, looking at, listening to, quotes and other scraps.

15 September 2017

Look for our tombs not in the / ground but in the hearts of men

Whatever enters your heart is a guest /  from the invisible world: entertain it well

—Jalaluddin Rumi

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09 June 2017
What can it do without? Boil, reduce, simmer. Get to the essence of the materials you are working with.

—Found in my notebook

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23 April 2017
Technology is the answer, but what was the question?

—Cedric Price

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23 April 2017
Every child deserves a fair chance and equal rights. Does everyone have access to healthcare, water, education? We need to develop communities with mutual aid and support dignity and respect.

—I found this in a text file and not sure where it came from

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21 April 2017
The course and consequences of the present world economic crisis are unpredictable. In a few months, the vast balloon of expectations built on false assumptions about the world’s resources was pricked. On balance, despite the difficulties and hardship that must result, we can be thankful that the crisis has exploded prematurely, for political reasons, while the world still commands enough time and resources to effect the far-reaching changes that are required to bring our demands on nature into harmony with nature’s ability to satisfy them. One consequence must be that the practice of architecture will have to undergo a transformation, requiring a return to first principles and the release of the latent skills and energies that are now being misused or frustrated.

—(Malcolm MacEwan, Crisis in Architecture, 1974)“ (from "Dark matter and trojan horses. A strategic design vocabulary.” by Dan Hill)

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21 April 2017
In 1964, the Swiss designer Karl Gerstner wrote “To describe the problem is part of the solution.” A few years later, Norman Potter reinforced why this is necessary simply from the point of view of efficacy. “When something goes wrong, it can usually be traced back to the beginning, from the acceptance of false premises. Hence on the one hand the importance of questions, and on the other, of the resourcefulness of attitude that prompts them.” (Norman Potter, 1969) In terms of practice, design’s core"

—from “Dark matter and trojan horses. A strategic design vocabulary.” by Dan Hill)

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21 April 2017
In strategic design, synthesis suggests resolving into a course of action, whereas analysis suggests a presentation of data. Analysis tells you how things are, at least in theory, whereas synthesis suggests how things could be.

—from “Dark matter and trojan horses. A strategic design vocabulary.” by Dan Hill)

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