So I sat down this evening and did what I was supposed to do on Monday, namely look at my thesis and work out how to finish it in a reasonable period of time. Very exciting. It's been a long time since I worked on the ideas, and as I read through the work so far I can't help but think how much I wish I'd had this thing when I started Architecture 16 years ago.
There's so much to write, but I think the formulation is right. I'm not trying to write a textbook, or an academic paper, or even a manifesto. I'm writing a life-raft for first year architecture students who are faced with professors who can't or won't make the effort to explain how design works. It's a way of thinking about design that lets you hang all the other thoughts about design off of its branches in such a way that you can actually think about their relationships and benefits. It's never going to be perfect, but maybe it can be helpful.