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The wisdom provided by the I Ching (Unconscious), suggested the real need for the future lay not in buildings. But as the Unconscious advised, in re-organizing family so accord, mutual attraction and affection supports and reinforces our natural desire to work and play together; thereby warding off the disease of loneliness.


A Social Design


With this in mind, patterns found in A Pattern Language were appropriated as templates for eight behavioral guidelines future families may want to use to tackle the difficult task of becoming a playful and happy collective. In complement with the patterns, hypothetical models were designed to act as milestones or ornaments signifying family progress along it's critical path toward reorganization; with old humanistic ideas of agency in plan incorporated when possible.

On completing the design, a nagging irritation made its presence felt. Instead of dismissing the annoyance I welcomed it and a face appeared. Professor Ellis' presence in the architecture department at Berkeley was an anomaly to me, since he is a sociologist. His presence was puzzling. Embracing the directive, I took him out to lunch.

During the visit, I heard for the first time his mission in architecture. The debate concerning primacy of structure or agency is not an either or question. It's a both/and proposition. Both are needed to establish and stabilize social creations. In a department comprised of structuralists someone had to balance the scales.

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