Chapter 3. Conceptualization

“An architect is the drawer of dreams.”

—Grace McGarvie

“It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean, to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis.”

—Luis Barragán

“The great thing about being an architect is you can walk into your dreams.”

—Harold E. Wagoner

“I claim that is where architecture starts, with the concept.”

—Louis Kahn

Have you ever been listening to someone talk, and the ideas you hear begin coalescing into notions? These notions don’t have names yet, but they are real, though a bit cloudy. As the conversation continues, these notions continue to evolve into ever more solid ideas. Eventually these ideas take on personalities and names of their own: you ...

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