Who was Lebbeus Woods ?
We have his drawings.
And we have his thinking.
They are actually the same thing: He thought through drawings and he drew through thinking.
A most unusual North American, if we consider just his first business card, if we can call it so... who would place a skull on a “business card ?”
No one… but he did.
And we feel this anti-business card is the Volume 0 of any attempt to understand Lebbeus Woods.
So let’s start… like any creator, he was aware of Death. And the proof is the above mentioned “business card.”
He was naïve… like most romantic spirits are… after all, who would try to seduce the scientific community with a skull ? He probably scared away even those otherwise appreciative of his obvious graphic skills.
Let’s design A HOUSE FOR LEBBEUS WOODS, now that there are 10 years since he died.
How would it be ?
He was widely curious… avid… avid of ideas, of clashing ideas, of the turbulence of the spirit that would make William Blake and Piranesi smile.
Let’s smile together with them and let’s create A HOUSE FOR LEBBEUS WOODS that would push forward his very thinking and feeling.
Let’s continue with Lebbeus Woods 2.0, although he probably would have protested, since he believed in the unique singularity of the true creator. But even if he would have protested, we feel he would have understood. On Vico’s spiral, under the watchful eyes of Chronos and Kairos, we want to continue… upwards and downwards, to the left and to the right, to the very center of the VORTEX.
THE VORTEX OF EXISTENCE.