“Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization" and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.”, - Wikipedia.
What do you want? This is one “bloody” honest question one must answer. Maslow said if you are damn poor, you only one to be fed but when you are damn successful, you want to be “self-actualization”. Meaning, your wants change according to time. You must have a reasonable want that you may think you can achieve within your means. You cannot possible have wants that is beyond your means. List out this wants in a list.
What do you don’t want? If you cannot list your wants, at least list what you do not want. It is much simpler and it is the boundary that you do not wish to cross. By completing this task, you will be able to know for sure of what you want…
I don’t know what I don’t want? This is drastic. If you don’t know what you don’t want or by the same token don’t know what you want, just stay put with what you are doing right now, currently and vow to do it better. That is the minimum consciousness you need to have.
These wants when it is structured, organized and listed or itemized form the basis of needs. The architect calls it as the Client’s Brief. It is therefore the very intention of any model of production. It is a component of the trilogy of Intention – Action – Production.
What is IDEATION? Wiki defines Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract. Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization. As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.
In short IDEATION is a model of production, where production is a process of combining various material inputs and immaterial inputs (plans, know-how) in order to make something for consumption (the output).
When we look at IDEATION as a MODEL, It has to make up of 3 entities, resembles of an act would be the Actor, the Play and the Stage.
The Actor would probably be a living person. He must have some intention either to create or to produce. To do so, he must learn the art and the law of creation or production. This is known as the “know how” or the PLAY. He must also find a platform to do so such is called a STAGE. Like a builder must find an Architect for his IDEA to build and a SITE for the building to sit on. Like an artist, he must have a canvas to draw.
The product of an act by the actor is call the PRODUCT. It can be a built form or just as an idea. Such product will again be a subject for another ideation. This is summarized as intention – implementation – product, the 3 aspects of IDEATION.
Now we investigate a little deeper – the Actor. We are all the actor. The self is the actor. Jung described the self as Noia, Para Noia and End Noia. Noia is defined as the self with an undifferentiated ego. Enlightenment is the best way to prescribed Noia. Paranoia or paranoid is a state where there is a differentiation between the self and its ego. The normal person would like to project himself as someone with an identity such as male/female, race, religions, rich/poor, weak/strong and so forth. These are paranoid mentalities. End noia is a total displacement of the self and the ego. Crazy may be a better choice of word. To understand the actor we must know who we are and what are the product we create for? This is the first principle as a designer or an actor.
For a paranoid self, we are GOD fearful. We are afraid to commit SIN. This draw a form of self-censorship we call conscience. We acknowledge there are ALMIGHTY living somewhere in Heaven above. His law is our code of morality inscribed in our conscience that defines our intention which ultimately translate into our action. It is very subjective no doubt, but such action required it to be executed none other than on a specific place, called the stage. As above, so below and Heaven bestowed upon us Earth as out stage. Classical man called this Heaven Man Earth – Trinity. Modern man call this Opportunity – Timing and Action.
All things are but a product of IDEATION.
Many years ago... In Wan's Studio, I created a BOX for child's Play. Many years later... I suggested my student to create their BOX(es) for their children Play. Now, the BOX has never failed to evolve... and never fail to mesmerize the children within ourselves. What is so tangible and intangible about the BOX ?
The Xin building, true to its name, is so shining that it can be spotted from very high away by sat! Anyone going through Google earth can verify this. Now to have Xin metal thus shining, you have to polish it and wash it with good water…..
From a westerner look, the building design is a bit estranged, mainly due to the canopy design, then with the entrance features is it a critic? No! On the contrary it would testify for the success of the Architect, his team and the Master of Works with deep rooting in Chinese and Asian culture. Thus being able to retain its essence while using the building techniques and their ordinary design consequences that have spread all around the world, with the back draw of rubbing people’s identities and setting so an often boring and sad sensation of uniformity in offices buildings!
Apart from having bits of understandings concerning the main KanYu conformity, I am quite intrigued by the canopy design. Its technical use, I can only have guesses, not being acquainted with the local environmental conditions. But for its sophisticated design, it shows a deeper intention; for, from a mere technical and building cost approach, it perhaps could have been designed as a simple straight extension of the inner structure of the building. It is obviously treated as a separate but fully integrated unit bringing something more to the project and not only in purely “stylish” purpose. No doubt that this structure pay tribute to the art and abilities of technical studies offices and working skills of builders, but what lay behind the differences in styling the front with some main angles rounded while the back and sides are kept squared? I will let the learned discover the reasons, as the Architect himself did gave a quite general guide for understanding his Concept, his architectural “Parti- Pris.
You have given the main Kan Yu hints for understanding your work and decisions.
A feature of terrain draw my attention: the road pattern around the building: I would tend to consider it as a long noose. The fact that the noose braid is directed toward south have generated this question and reflection.
This building is, of course, attuned to your general provocateur trend, not in itself, but regarding to the general classic building near environment: Is it a Crane among Chickens?
I would say yes and it might be a seed for starting a new efficient and successful business area there. The drawback of being so conspicuous and tailored for success is it may generates envy and jealousy around, and with the local powers. So, I would say with that road noose that the communication success might, if too strong and boasting for “avant garde” against conservative’s local strengths, be the sign for obstruction and backlashes: when Yin wood is growing too fast and disturbs, it is trimmed. If trimming is done with care and sympathy everything is fine; but if the one who has the power of trimming feels a menace and danger for its power and habits from this growth, it might trim harshly and so cripple the yin wood. Of course this would have nothing to do with you or your design, only with the occupant’s attitudes! If I were the owner of building or start up developer in this place, I would keep a keen look on my communication and be cautious not to provoke – too much- local powers. That is walking on the razor’s edge: how do you disturb people enough to wake them up so they adapt to new conditions without falling into provocation that will upset them and generates rebukes and obstruction? And in this case” squeeze the noose around the neck”!
But why did I spent time writing you irrelevant things or things you already know and took care of there?
With my best. Steve