Real Words

Comparatively little is written about house design.  There are great tracts on urban design: visions for cities, manifestos, arguments and questions and meditations set out, letter after letter, asking for belief.

Not so with houses.

Because the city can never be controlled by one design, because it will always be escaping and changing and because it is beyond any individual, architects and planners and designers have to write.  The cities they dream can only ever be paper, and so the dreams must be teased into words.

Not so with houses.  The dream is built; the manifesto is the house, and the house is its own statement of belief, its own argument.  It need not be written because it is written in itself.

Does it matter that houses are not written in words?