The design of an arts-and-crafts shopping center for a resort-university community.) "I looked at the paper I was to draw on. I was completely blank. I knew that I would work with a property 300' square. I drew the property lines (at a scale of l" = 40') and I looked at the outlines. I was blank. Suddenly I saw the finished project. I did some quick calculations ...it would fit on the property and not only that...it would meet the cost and income requirements. It was contemporary architecture with the richness of a cultural heritage...it used history and experience but did not copy it.
"I began to draw...my senses could not keep up with my images...my hand was not fast enough...I was impatient to record the picture (it has not faded one particle). I worked at a pace I would not have thought I was capable of. I completed four sheets of fairly comprehensive sketches. I was not tired but I was satisfied that I had caught the essence of the image. I stopped working. I ate fruit...I drank coffee...I smoked...I sipped wine... I enjoyed. It was a magnificent day. Today is one week later (to the day). I have designed two projects since. I design them the same way. It's the same as it has been for some time but it is faster, sharper and clearer. I feel as though the improvement is permanent but my rational mind tells that it is not. Perhaps some of it will remain."
(Two weeks after the session, in making up the scale drawings, this architect found the image of the completed project to be as sharp as during the session. He completed the working drawings without reference to his original sketches. He was able to image views from different directions and distances, and to "see" closeups to examine minute details of construction. The design was accepted by the sponsors of the project, and financing arrangements are being completed to start construction)
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