i have a strong desire for room.
what is room?


Thin Line

Speculative vs Explicative
seems share many similar characteristics.

When one theory sits on speculative side and one isn’t?

Who draw the line between them?

Is it perhaps similar relationship between chicken and eggs?

Or is it not?

I am sure Einstein did not started his theory with explicative one.

It rather developed into explicative from rather speculative ones.

Or it was accepted as explicative one after it started.


It is funny how people make concept of a person.

Not many people are interested in person but only its concept.

No, it is more close to a mask.

Because concept has a rational and predictable.

But people are not rational nor predictable all the time.

Animals are rational.

They do not act out of ordinary.

Only human do irrational act.

It seems that irrational quality makes human different from other animal.

Maybe that is why we cannot predict the human world.

No one exactly knows what is really going to happen. We only calculate based on rational and predictable human facts, which are missing irrational and unpredictable facts.

However, people scared of unpredictable things or people.

It is categorised under risk.

Risk is something we all should overcome.

Is it really?

Without risk, or risky behaviour or thinking, I could be like my cat.

A lovely cat.

Well fed.

Am I?

Jane Jacobs

@ ACMI in Melbourne, AU 2017

A documentary of Jane Jacobs was screened. And I went in one evening.

USA after the war.

She saw her city differently at her time.

While people focused on the city as an object like a human body or tree.

Jane understood what the city is made of, and try to understand how is the city constructed.

What moves city and what make city is a city, which we desire to live in, belong in and stay in.

It was people. And I cannot agree more.
Jane itself is a quite insightful thinker, writer and also a activist.

But I am not sure whether the documentary itself captured her mind and thought.

In my opinion, she saw the people rather than building forms or city plans.

She knew the urban planning and architecture should follow how people behaviour, not the other way around.

But also she saw the desire. And this is what the document was misunderstood.

Not only just people but also people with the desire to live in the place makes a wonderful city.

For example, in the picture, they made formular which is the council houses x highrise x people = failure city

And that could explain why highrise council houses were failed in USA.

But the actual formular what Jane seemed to understand is (people + desire ) + place =  existing city

And the example the docu mentioned such as Chinese new highrise apartment city will be fail soon is very incorrect.

The difference between two fumular which are the people  and people with desire make two city different.

As I concluded in my architectural studio C @ MSD, a place withou desire is just a space.

The town Anaminaby, which has been relocated into outside of the Lake area with most of their buildings is no longer the same city but failed one without any highrise buildings. People left although they kept their buildings, new roads and names.

The city failed without highrise or highway via city centre.

The place has the desire. The desire are coming from people. People belong to the place.

The architecture and buildings are exist because of the place and desire.

“Jane what do you think?’



If something is existing, it will have a place.
Whether it is virtual or real in your point of view, it has a place.
The condition of existing is having a place?

Place can be your mind, certain time of your life which you can remember.
Some place will be there with the existence of something.

And architecture starts from place.

Architecture is belong to place.

To exist, remember the place. And there will be architecture.

And that architecutre is yours.