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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. The family is a tool that must be reshaped.

 

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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. I can't say if my structuralist background was obtained in architecture school or is an unconscious trait, but in complement with the patterns, I was compelled to create hypothetical models of buildings meant to act as milestones or ornaments signifying family progress along it's critical path. Models that incorporated old humanistic ideas of agency in plan. However, on completing the designs, a nagging irritation made its presence felt. Instead of dismissing the annoyance I welcomed it and a face appeared.

Even as a student, Professor Ellis' presence in the architecture department at Berkeley was an anomaly to me, since he is a sociologist. His presence was puzzling. Nonetheless, embracing the directive I took him out to lunch; and for the first time discovered his mission.

Said far to simply, in a department comprised of structuralists someone had to balance the scales. He positioned himself to give weight to the idea that structure versus agency is not an either/or question. It's a both/and proposition. Both are needed to establish and stabilize social creations.

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