the world within and the world without
  for geddes on a sunday


'a' is for architect

"the deviser, maker, or creator of anything"



a wee publication
our model for small scale publishing

produced as part of impact 8 
print festival scotland 2013


louis didn't know the half of it

"where are your chimneys?"

"what chimneys?"

"your chimneys"

"what about them?"

"well, where are they?"

"there aren't any."

"what d'you mean there aren't any? you gotta have chimneys"

"but there isn't a fire."

"what are you talking about fire for? it's chimneys we need!"

"but chimneys are for fires- why would you have a chimney without a fire?"

"oh, come on! you've got to have a chimney"

"hmm, i'm not so sure..."

"go on! and you better not have a fire with that chimney, cos there's washing on the line next door."


continuous curatorial conversations . venice 2011



blur building . swiss expo . yverdon les bains . 2oo2

the idea of nothingness

“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
 Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
 “They are merely conventional signs!
“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
 But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought usthe best —
 A perfect and absolute blank!”

"The Hunting of the Snark"

An Agony in Eight Fits

Lewis Carroll

illustration Henry Holiday


variation on a theme


beauty: complex simplicity



"The word resist is interestingly equivocal. It is not synonymous with words of ultimate negation like ‘dismiss’ or ‘ reject.’ Instead, it implies a measured struggle that is more tactical than strategic. Living changes us, in ways we cannot predict, for the better and the worse. One looks for principles, but we are better off if we control them, not the other way around. Principles can become tyrants, foreclosing on our ability to learn. When they do, they, too, must be resisted....

"Resist whatever seems inevitable.[...]

Resist the idea that architecture is a building[...]

Resist taking the path of least resistance.[...]

Resist people who are satisfied.[...]

Resist that feeling of utter exhaustion."



[rowan's] the·sis (thē'sĭs) 

n. pl. the·ses  (-sēz) 

1. A proposition that is maintained by argument.

2. A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.

3.A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.


thanks ian

david maisal
history's shadow


once loved up close, 
loved now in a memory. 
as nature, 
reclaims some hold,
these walls sit quiet,
but assured.
additions and attritions of time
show on every surface,
confirming some certainty,
revealing some truth.


zine_  typically a self-published not-for-profit magazine.  Heterogeneity characterizes the zine world, which spawns diversity in format, size, scope, purpose, and periodicity (often erratic).  In my opinion, one of the best attributes of many zines is honesty.  Zines form out of passion, not profit, and so a reader often finds viewpoints and ideas not commonly found in commercial magazines.  A zine can provide refreshing purity of content in comparison with the watered-down mainstream media


"reality consists of colourless, shapeless, and formless essences”,




happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount
likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually fol. by to).

acknowledging the incidental

"beauty demands, perhaps, the slavish imitation of what is indeterminable in things." 

adorno, g.; tiedemann, r.; hullot-kentor, r. in aesthetic theory

this work is an inquiry into the incidental: that over which we have little control, the overlooked aspects of our everyday environment.  as a architect, designer, maker-of-things, one can create a construct- physically or metaphysically, but before one even begins, the forces of the incidental, have begun to act upon it.  we may strive for eternal control, but often the most beautiful moments are those which occur unexpectedly.

aspects of the incidental
time:  the inescapable truth.  whatever we do, create, think exists within, and inevitably changes, with time.  
intuition: the duality between intuition and logic is unavoidable, but often discounted perhaps because of the unmeasurable nature of this relationship. 
accident: the unintentional and unplanned contribute further layers in the emergence of beauty.
an awareness of the incidental enriches experience and contributes to a deeper understanding of our environment and our actions upon it. overlooking these aspects leads to unstable things and ideas and paranoid control. 
a japanese sentiment:
“the most precious thing in life is uncertainty”  
Kenko (c. 1283-1350), “Essays in Idleness"