Friday, October 24, 2008

A good designer isn't afraid to throw away a good idea

Just because an interesting idea occurs to you doesn't mean it belongs in the building you are designing. Subject every idea, brainstorm, random musing, and helpful suggestion to careful, critical consideration. Your goal as a designer should be to create an integrated whole, not to incorporate all the best features in your building whether or not they work together.
Think of a parti as an author employs a thesis, or as a composer employs a musical theme: not every idea a creator conjures up belongs in the hand! Save your good but ill-fitting ideas for another time and project- and with the knowledge that they might not work then, either.

101 things I learned in architecture school
-Matthew Fredrick

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