We saw each other coming.
What time is it by your watch? Mine says “Giant Paw.”
The field was a plateau, edged on one side by a ravine — the bottom of which a wild river forcing its way over rocks and boulders — the sky an open archway between the setting sun and the first glimmer of stars.
We had been arguing our convictions, the center of the world, the material layers made up by the earth’s crust. The last light dazzled us, a veritable example of what we discussed, the layers of the earth laid bare descending toward the river.
Ann and Mae, Spring, Texas, December 23, 2005
Millenia ago in a rain forest
Beside a cave beside
The green-white waterfall,
I died a childhood death.
Cried and laid my body (formed and folded as for birth),
Tinted red (the color of life),
Beside the fire-hearth (this, she thought, for warmth).
And this last year, this last dry year,
The University sent there
Our modest team to map the cave and document the site.
In my former grave they found the pollen count still high.
So now I know I know
That my Cro-Magnon mother
Mourned me even then with tears
And buried me with flowers!
— James Hall
First published in Psychological Perspectives 48 (2), p. 309.
If you are willing, you will be taught.
If you are diligent, you will progress.
If you listen, you will learn.
If you pay attention, you will become wise.
–The Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach c. 200 B.C.E.
The following is from an interview with Kyong Park in the January 2006 Metropolis. It is available online, but only to subscribers of the magazine (which I recommend). Kyong is the founder of Storefront, a place to confront international design and politics through architectural exhibitions.
Should it be:
1) A folded piece of paper.
2) A piece of folded paper.
From the interview:
Instead of feeling that you know it all, that you’re the expert in the subject, design thinking also means being humble and questioning it. Many of the people who are designing things today are “experts” which means they’re looking for ideas from the “expert” viewpoint. But design thinking is much more about going out into the world not having a point of view and just finding these latent needs that are obvious, but only when you look with no agenda. With design thinking we try to get in the right general area first rather than just accepting what the problem is. We’re more experimental and less calculating. It’s optimistic. We thrive on the creative challenges rather than the obstacles. And it’s more intuitive, or empathetic, or however you want to say it. All this ends up being really cathartic for people who do nothing but analytical thinking!