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“The similarities between and among different things…”

January 22, 2015

For those familiar with my ARCH 321 lectures from recent years, you’ll recall that I go on and on at the beginning of each semester about the two kinds of comparison shopping we do as designers.

  • We can look for the differences between and among similar things, i.e., several pairs of pants at T.J. Maxx; or
  • We can look for the similarities between and among different things: the sort of thinking that allowed LeCorbusier to coin the phrase “A house is a machine for living” or that allows me to suggest that Philip Johnson’s “Glass House” is, indeed, more like the Parthenon than it is its near contemporary, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

And so it is that I stumbled today upon the perfect comparison for the Akron Plan Sunday School that forms part of the rationale for this blog. In this case, I think words may be superfluous. Enjoy.

illus-027 Akron Plan Kitchen

See what I mean?

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