design theory

 design theory Essay

SpeculatingВ theВ

LimitsВ ofВ

TheoryВ byВ В

MaliniВ FoobalanВ

AsВ aВ secondВ yearВ

architectureВ student, В IВ findВ

myselfВ speculatingВ aboutВ

thingsВ thatВ IВ neverВ thoughtВ IВ

might. В TheВ questionВ toВ

myselfВ inВ fact, В isВ whyВ IВ careВ

asking, В andВ whatВ isВ itВ

thatВ hasВ madeВ meВ comeВ upВ

withВ suchВ questions. В IsВ itВ theВ

influenceВ ofВ peopleВ aroundВ

me personally, В myВ developingВ criticalВ

thinkingВ or, В isВ itВ anВ arbitraryВ

questioningВ thatВ aВ typicalВ

architectureВ studentВ wouldВ

engageВ in? В В OneВ ofВ myВ

favoriteВ questionsВ isВ

concerningВ theoryВ itselfВ andВ

howВ itВ affectsВ theВ designВ

worldВ inВ aВ positiveВ orВ

negativeВ manner. В AsВ oneВ

pursuesВ hisВ orВ herВ journeyВ

throughВ theВ manyВ yearsВ ofВ

theirВ careerВ andВ lifeВ asВ aВ

designer, В doesВ oneВ queryВ inВ aВ

theoreticalВ manner, В theВ

limitsВ ofВ designВ withinВ theВ

humanВ speciesВ itself? В

ItВ isВ veryВ obvious, В

thatВ itВ hasВ beenВ thoughtВ ofВ orВ

considered, В butВ toВ whatВ

extentВ haveВ weВ comeВ toВ

analyzeВ theВ limitationВ onВ

designВ withВ regardsВ toВ theВ

mentionedВ specific‐ humanВ

species. В OurВ abilityВ toВ designВ

hasВ alwaysВ beenВ aВ

commendableВ characteristicВ

ofВ humanВ nature. В В

Sometimes, В itВ seemsВ toВ meВ

likeВ designersВ almostВ takeВ

placeВ of ‘TheВ Creator – God'. В В

MyВ experienceВ overВ aВ

semesterВ inВ studioВ showsВ

howВ weВ allВ thinkВ inВ differentВ

waysВ despiteВ aВ commonВ

understandingВ onВ certainВ

rulesВ andВ criteria. В SeventyВ

twoВ studentsВ andВ allВ ofВ usВ

cameВ upВ withВ differentВ

designВ solutionsВ toВ ourВ

designВ problem. В В

Now, В whatВ exactlyВ isВ

theВ relativityВ ofВ theВ questionВ

onВ limitsВ ofВ designВ toВ ourВ

designВ capabilitiesВ andВ

theoryВ oneВ mayВ wonder? В TheВ

answerВ doesВ notВ alwaysВ haveВ

toВ beВ direct. В However, В asВ aВ

designВ student, В it'sВ perhapsВ

importantВ toВ putВ theВ pointВ

outВ there? В AsВ designersВ inВ

theВ builtВ environment, В toВ

whatВ lengthВ doВ weВ evaluateВ

designВ possibilitiesВ withВ

regardsВ toВ theory? В ToВ whatВ

extentВ doВ weВ allowВ factorsВ

likeВ theoryВ andВ criticismВ toВ

setВ boundariesВ inВ ourВ wayВ ofВ

thinkingВ andВ creating? В ItВ

seemsВ toВ meВ atВ least, В thatВ

theoryВ andВ designingВ haveВ aВ

greatВ relation. В SoВ whatВ then? В

TheВ inquisitivenessВ ofВ myВ

altruisticВ soulВ feelsВ thatВ asВ

designersВ ofВ theВ

‘contemporary'В age, В weВ areВ

inВ manyВ waysВ boundВ toВ limitsВ

thatВ areВ indirectlyВ visibleВ butВ

mostВ effectivelyВ affectingВ usВ

asВ architectsВ orВ designersВ inВ

thatВ nature, В andВ itВ isВ theory. В

ItВ isВ veryВ importantВ toВ noteВ atВ

thisВ point, В thatВ theoreticalВ

anxietiesВ haveВ beenВ aВ

beneficialВ aspectВ inВ theВ builtВ

environment. В However, В itВ isВ

perhapsВ timeВ toВ ponderВ onВ

howВ aВ beneficialВ aspectВ couldВ

beВ harmfulВ atВ theВ sameВ timeВ

asВ aВ resultВ ofВ ourВ choiceВ onВ

whatВ weВ use. В В

WeВ areВ allВ deemedВ

toВ thinkingВ aboutВ designВ inВ

termsВ ofВ theory, В historyВ andВ

criticism. В В AsВ designers, В doВ

weВ reallyВ bowВ toВ limitations? В

IfВ yes, В thenВ isВ ourВ workВ saidВ

toВ beВ timid? В But, В ifВ not, В isn'tВ

theoryВ andВ inВ factВ historyВ ourВ

firstВ limits. В IВ findВ bothВ theoryВ

andВ historyВ ofВ architectureВ toВ

beВ theВ mostВ valuableВ

contributionВ toВ myВ

architecturalВ education. В В JustВ

toВ goВ backВ toВ theВ beginningВ

ofВ theВ semesterВ whenВ myВ

instructor, В Mr. В ChristensonВ

startedВ offВ theВ firstВ dayВ ofВ

classВ byВ askingВ usВ aВ questionВ

ofВ what ‘catalytic'В meant, В IВ

didВ thinkВ thatВ IВ wouldВ eitherВ

failВ thisВ class, В orВ maybeВ justВ

dropВ it. В В WhoВ exactlyВ wouldВ

haveВ thoughtВ ofВ thatВ wordВ atВ

eightВ inВ theВ morning? В WellВ

heВ did. В IВ obviously, В hadВ noВ

ideaВ whatВ itВ meant. В IВ

eventuallyВ foundВ outВ thatВ itВ

meant ‘toВ provoke'. В В AndВ IВ

thinkВ thatВ isВ exactlyВ whatВ heВ

did; В heВ indirectlyВ provokedВ

myВ thinkingВ onВ architectureВ

withВ thatВ word, В thenВ on. В В

Today, В IВ findВ myselfВ

questioningВ almostВ

everythingВ inВ architecture. В

So , В doesВ thatВ makeВ meВ aВ

theorist? В DoesВ thatВ now, В

becomeВ aВ threatВ toВ myВ

thinkingВ asВ anВ architect? В AtВ

hisВ pointВ inВ time, В IВ wasВ stillВ

unsureВ ofВ myself. В В IВ believedВ

thatВ theoryВ shouldВ notВ beВ

introducedВ asВ anВ optionВ toВ

design, В becauseВ thatВ

confinesВ ourВ thinkingВ toВ aВ...