German architect Reinhold Weichlbauer practices freestyle planning, which is based on the idea that, in the words of an HGTV segment profiling one of his houses, “windows and doors are only placed at certain places in the house because humans are creatures of habit.”
Now, it is not necessarily silly to say silly things if such statements, say, promote one’s professional career. So one cheer for Reinhold for his chutzpah, and if he got some commissions from this. But of course it is silly to truly assert that what we do is “only” a matter of habit. If one accepts that then a randomized solution is, if you will, the only way out. And that is indeed Weichlbauer’s solution.
So Weichlbauer places design elements into a randomizing program and–voila–a house with a random assortment of design elements, doors leading nowhere, stairways as gangplanks. We need, of course, to be challenged.
The most that can be said for this is that if an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typerwriters will eventually produce all the Great Books that sooner or later Weichlbauer and his infinite clone army of architects will produce a masterpiece. As it is he has fashioned a gezornenplat house.
Indeed, it is also mere habit that has us using doors and windows and screens ATALL. Why not just leave them all open, letting in the bugs, wildlife, snow wind and rain, and perhaps even passing strangers! We must challenge ourselves.
On the architecture front, recently discovered the Vanishing New York blog. Right up the alley of many around here, I’d guess.
Nice site. I can think of several folks around here who will like it if they haven’t seen already.