Feb '05 - Jan '08
during a recent conversation with my friend chris, he brought up an interesting point - the possibility that design is pulled from a collection of thoughts that are already in place, that all ideas already exist. this relates heavily to all the discussion of memes in my studies this semester. what was the original meme set? the grouping of thoughts that lead to the formulation of all proceeding thoughts. is it true that we are really rearranging the same elements over and over?
neither of us fully knows the validity of that statement. we were in agreeance, however, that good design is an individual mode of discovery. even if the entire spectrum of possible ideas is already in place, it is in fact the act of personalization that constitutes design.
architecture has been, and always will be, the art of appropriation. but the nearly infinite number of combinatory possiblities keeps us from regurgitating the same things over and over. or does it?
what makes any work inherently unique? perhaps it is the nature of imperfection, which serves to map out a narrative of use or misuse. the authorship of the architect extends beyond the title block of a drawing. most of us put pieces of ourselves into our work (sometimes literaly, when sleep deprivation and x-actos refuse to work in tandem). the point is that design is one of the most intimate expressions that i can think of.
another thing chris mentioned was the idea of extraction. the sampling of precedence, influence, inspiration, whatever you wish to call it. i think sampling and editing are the essence of the profession. and that in itself implies that you have to have the raw elements to sample from.
so - are new ideas ever really created? or are we merely updating to more efficent versions....
something to think about.