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“Learn to look at the whole of something, not just the parts.”
Marie Lu, author
Designing the built environment puts us at a unique intersection. We span technology, economics, local and global regulation, environmentalism, and the health and wellbeing of society. We craft the stage where lives – billions of them – play out every day.
The privilege, magnitude, complexity, and responsibility of this role can sometimes feel daunting. With every innovation, every development in how we work, and each impactful project, the need for more, better, newer seems to follow. The world feels fast, vast, and often out of control. Despite the pioneering developments they may feature, when projects take years to come to fruition, it can feel as though there’s always more that could be done.
So how do we combat that overwhelming feeling? How do we even begin to make changes that keep pace?
When we ask questions – about our preconceptions, our actions, our aspirations – we open ourselves up to change. Often, we’re so suffocated by the need to find answers and solutions that we forget about one of the most powerful things we can do: ask more questions.
True exploration begins with asking how, why, what if?
Sure, sometimes the question might already have been posed…but is it always the right one? Perhaps we’ve asked how rather than why, or when rather than who.
No matter how well intentioned we may be, it’s in our nature to want to control and contain the challenges we face, and the desire to do so can leave us with tunnel vision. Often, we try the same methods; we test in the same ways.
Yet when we ask questions, we relinquish some of that control; we open ourselves up to wider possibilities, to unlearning, to transformation. We acknowledge our own ability to think and act differently.
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