thinking insomniac value versus volume

How does the VALUE of information you put out, compare with the VOLUME

Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto “Less is More” to describe designs being reduced to its necessary elements, its essentials, its most fundamental features. This came to my mind during my read of JP Rangaswami’s blog, confused of Calcutta. In his post he mentions “filters” in the information we share with others. Is the information (designs, tweets, posts) we share with others of value? Value is relative and can be informational, social, emotional, psychological, technical, economic, humorous, and so much more.

There are bloggers and tweeters I pay particular attention to because their information value is very high. Which means, when they speak (tweet, post), I listen. One of my closest friends Bob Massa never just “makes a post”. It takes him quite a while to compose a blog post, letter, even email reply. Why? Because he always makes sure what he says is EXACTLY what he wants to say in just the right amount of words. He believes in editing, editing, and when you think you are finished, editing some more. He believes in less is more.

In everything you do, try to always give a high value to volume ratio. As an architect and designer, I have seen many designs, both real and imagined that are filled with “fluff,” unnecessary elements and attachments that in no way strengthens the concept. Those elements and words become “noise.” High volume tweets (noise) does not mean high value information. Let’s strive to create work based on honesty and integrity, enriching persons along the way. I thank JP, Bob, and the many others who give information of a high value. I am always able to learn, laugh, and be informed.

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  1. truWATT says:

    Hm, I wonder what your opinion of humor in architecture is – do you think it has a place in “serious dialog”?

    I have also recently started a blog that will surely focus on architecture, design, etc. a lot, given that they are among my all-consuming passions. I am, however, a little weary of how relentlessly serious architecture can be. Aren’t blogs an opportunity to publish stream-of-consciousness and edit as the conversation with readers evolves? Aren’t blogs fairly casual (at least for us amateurs)? It’s a new medium and I think, therefore, a new opportunity to discuss architecture with a different attitude.

    What do you think the “information value” of nonsense and light-heartedness are in architectural discourse?

    Also, blog-jinx! We pretty much started up at the same time!

  2. Hi truWATT

    Congrats on starting your blog! I do think there is a place for humor in architectural discourse; I see great value in humor. Creativity comes in many different ways; and people understand and relate to things differently. Whether it happens with words, sketches, humor, or numbers…I am happy when they get the message, understand, and/ or create discussions.

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