" The most important lesson of this class is learning how to make decisions. Methodologies provide specific ways of making decisions. While they facilitate a way of moving ahead in the design process, the do so providing limited and biased choices that in some situations can be unsuitable and counterproductive. If methodologies are given as a foundation of a design studio education, then the education is based upon a way of making decisions that doesn't serve all of the unique and emerging situations. Inevitably, methodologies become outdated and obsolete.
More than ever-the lessons that "the Making of Design Principles" has to teach are needed. Computation brings an expediency that often passes by the emersion in the full mess of a problem. From this ermesion come the most critical moments of pattern/logic recognition that are so fundamental to building an idea or argument or thesis. These are moments are discovery, moments of falling in love or out of love. In these moments, evidence of connection and meaning pass through or by us in. Here is the source of inspiration that makes architecture an art in addition to its more quantifiable aspects that can be evaluated by scientific principles of repeatability. To deny these moments is a denial of the connective logic that makes meaning. It is to deny architecture's source as an art.
A quantifiable defined problem with reductive procedural objectives is useful in problem solving. Decisions are laser--guided choices that are similar to algorithmic steps. But there is more to architecture, art and life than that. How does on navigate off the path? how does one start from nothing? How does one attain nothingness-the result of shedding preconceptions: preconceptions of typologies, aesthetics, the preconception that reductive measures like stresses, weight strength cost quantified social behaviors, real estate logic, economic logic, etc trump all.
The making of design principles is fighting for the value of art. For the immeasurable. It is fighting for the emptying out of automatic thinking. It is fighting for the fruits of the creative process that is generated out of this void. Composition and the considered freedom and dedication to choice is key." - Kyna Leski