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writing and drawing

In full disclosure, this was written a couple weeks ago, filed away in a .txt file, appearing now in press:


The computers in our office are named alphabetically after authors, based on the order they were purchased. I’m currently sitting at "Hemingway" because it has a CD burner and my "Fitzgerald" does not. It’s also the fastest in the office. This naming practice wasn’t overly considered, but it’s a good fit for the shop. Naming after architects would be presumptious, cliche, and limiting. Writing is about a shared experience between author and reader, as architecture should be between me and our clients.

And, I enjoy thinking about a drawing set like a good novel, broken into chapters. The introduction is up front with the code summaries, the setup comes with the foundation and framing. In the best case, the plot and drama come in the Architecture sheets, and your denoument falls to your engineer and your manufacturers.

I’m printing Bayview Apartments now. It’s like reading Tolstoy, except that all your characters and drama are outside the book. It’s very abstract. Actually, that’s a lot like reading Tolstoy.

Have to cut this short. Hemingway is done already.


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