Think Like an Architect
Think like an architect; think like a developer.
Look first for what you want done. Then look for what can be done. Next, find a way to get it done. Last, find a way to pay for it.
When you can't afford it, and you never can, go back to step one and modify what you want done slightly. And begin the process again.
This is the design process and the development process. It is the commonality between architecture and development. This is how we think and get problems solved to get buildings built.
Nobody that has held the office of president since Jefferson has had this as their primary mode of thought. Other presidents have been 'problem solvers' but they have not been schooled in the thought process that architects and developers use.
Most of our presidents have been lawyers, and have been trained as lawyers, a discipline that is built on a set of finite rules which must be followed, unless their name is Clinton.
Developers and architects are schooled in how to get their designs built. They are proactive in their approach to problem solving: how do we get this done? This is as opposed to the reactive lawyerly way of keeping certain things from being done.
This is a huge (Yuge) difference!
We now have a developer president instead of a lawyer president.
The country is already showing signs of a rebirth.
This is a restatement of a post I wrote for my blog on Christmas Day 2016.
It chronicles the design process in a rather abbreviated simplistic way. This was to make a point.
The point was about the similarity between the design process that architects use and the development process that Donald Trump uses. It emphasizes the iterative circular flow of the design process as it develops a feedback loop into itself.
This is probably the most important aspect of the design process: an exploration of new thought each time there is an iteration of the cycle. This uses aspects of the previous iterations to lead into an ultimate workable solution to the problem at hand.
This process never produces a design of ultimate finality. Everybody who does design work knows that design is never complete, that all designs can be improved upon.
The design process is an exploration. The same process can be used for architecture, interior design, or any other aspect of the physical world. Complexity does not alter the process, but it does make the number of iterations of the process grow.
As the design process is used for a project, as certain things become workable solutions, certain aspects of them can be refined using the same process to get design worked out for subsets of the whole.
For instance, in the design of an office building, there comes a point when certain features, bathrooms, conference rooms, or other areas become tentatively set in shape and area. At this time it makes sense to break those areas out of the whole to receive a process of design of their own.
This is the way that the architectural design process proceeds, and it presents a model of the process that may be used for other things like furniture layout within the office building, or the parking lot outside it.
This is the way that, piece by piece, the design of the building is accomplished. Frequently, unworkable aspects of the overall solution are found, and the whole design must be investigated to find modification schemes that produce workable solutions.
This same process is used for design of anything, whether it is a small house, a twin tower office complex, or the space shuttle. This an organizing principle of the method used for integrating pieces of work within a larger whole.
And this presents an opportunity to differentiate the design and building mindset from the mindset of other disciplines which are heavily influenced by laws and physical constraints.
At a conceptual level, architects may use imagination and develop unworkable design schemes which may eventually influence the way they produce a building.
The same level of creativity in the legal profession would probably earn the practitioner an extended tour of a penitentiary.
The practice of architecture and the whole philosophy behind it cannot apply to some endeavors that many people encounter. That is why the design process is different for architects and developers than the workflow for most professions.
It is also the reason that when architects make statements that fit easily within our design context, we frequently get strange looks from people in other professions.