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Tongue Twister

For building is not merely a means and a way toward
dwelling—to build is in itself already to dwell.

—Martin Heidegger

thanks Montse

F.L.W. + M.B.C

I’ve been standing on the side of life, watching it float by.
I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

—Mamah Borthwick Cheney

Mamah on her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright

thanks Katie

A Pattern Language

In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world, only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger pattern in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it it.
This is a fundamental view of the world. It says that when you build a thing you cannot merely build a thing in isolation, but must also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and that the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.

via A Pattern Language


It is not easy to translate into English the Italian word autoprogettazione. Literally it means auto = self and progettazione = design. But the term ‘self-design’ is misleading since the word “design” to the general public now signifies a series of superficially decorative objects. By the word autoprogettazione Mari means an exercise to be carried out individually to improve one’s personal understanding of the sincerity behind the project. To make this possible you are guided through the archetypal and very simple technique.

Therefore the end product, although usable, is only important because of it educational value.

from Autoprogettazione? by Enzo Mari