a house is the space it contains and the space it releases. its windows frame space through absence. a house interacts with its environment through the portions that are either removed or never built. as much as a house is defined by its building, the dao says, it is also defined by its unbuilding.

when we think about building, we think about a lot of things. for example, we think about what we can build, and that takes knowledge. so building is about learning, building skills, building with those skills. but in order to learn, we must also take the world apart a bit, unravel it, examine it up close. in other words, we have to unbuild it.

to build anything revolutionary, we’ve got to be innovative. we’ve got to invent new strategies, new approaches, new tools. so building is about inventing, making new, even surprising our competition. but in order to invent, we must also shake things up, disrupt our normal process, reorganize. again: unbuilding.

 rob giampietro aka linedandunlined on unbuilding | read more [emphasis mine]

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