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Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy represents reason behind a strategy to achieve an owner goal, and the exceptional talent of Brunelleschi symbolized the reason he employed. The result was shelter to serve an owner goal and solve a structural challenge.

It was a project solution, however. Projects combine to form the Shelter Division within a Built Domain, and the new challenge is to shelter growing populations within a limited Built Domain that protects their quality and source of life - the Natural Domain. The Duomo challenges us to improve our reason and assemble symbiotic shelter one project at a time within a limited Built Domain that does not threaten its source of life. The Duomo teaches us that appearance follows reason. In the future, reason will recognize that form must follow symbiotic function within the Shelter Division of a geographically limited Built Domain.

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