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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 03, 2002 at 09:28:25:

In Reply to:  Solids vs Voids (space again and again!) posted by BRUTUS on October 03, 2002 at 08:29:44:

Spatial thinking is about what's NOT there, which may be why many designers fail to think spatially. They become preoccupied what's there--the material objects--or with words representing those objects, which become programs, which become diagrams, which become plans--Corb's "generator" of form--and then we get what Klaus Herdeg as called the "Decorated Diagram" as a building.

This process is ADDITIVE, and the resultant form becomes an assemblage of postive objects, or a high-tech accretion of gadgetry. Lots of stuff is supposed to be more "complex,", more "interesting." Spatial thinking, on the contrary, prefers the SUBTRACTIVE or reductive process, because space, to be figural, must be defined by solid around it. It's what's NOT there.

Simply defined space is the utlimate minimalism.

 
 
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