The Tao of Architecture
This is an excerpt from Amos Chang's The Tao of Architecture, words that stand up on their own and ring true today, as much as they did when written, in 1956. Chang uses Lautzu's Tao-Te-Ching as a template for a text on creating architecture, specifically intangible content's importance in architectural composition over tangible form. The illustrations are a project I completed for the 1998 James Steedman fellowship competition, sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis. The multi-use project is located on the Seine River, across from Notre Dame in Paris.
The way to learn is to assimilate. The way to know is to forget.Consistent with the philosophy of non-being, to forget is regarded as an affirmative and constructive action. This is obvious to anyone who has experience in creative work. It is so, not only because we believe that there is a creative power existing in our subconscious mentality, but also because the more forgetful a man is, the less he will be inhibited by his knowledge which may and may not be helpful in a new problem.