Once I discovered being confused is not completely a bad thing I’m learning how to deal with it, and pretty excited, I think I am finally feeling the confusiasm!
We haven’t had a skype conference with our NGO, which is pretty bad, but forced our group to find another way to work, to find as many solutions as possible (and by solutions I mean problems) in all the topics. I’m not sure if we are jumping steps but I think we had really great ideas, and they are boiling in my mind constantly.
Not to lose the track completely, today we did the spidegram, that gave us a really good idea on where we are in our group work and what do we want to achieve.
Dealing with tiny houses and spidergrams I couldn’t help but remember a drawing I made when i was reading one of my favorite (amazing) books, the invisible cities, from Italo Calvino. I guess once I post the picture you will understand why, so there it is:
Now I will tell how Octavia, the spider-web city, is made. There is a precipice between two steep mountains: the city is over the void, bound to the two crests with ropes and chains and catwalks. You walk on the little wooden ties, careful not to set your foot in the open spaces, or you cling to the hempen strands. Below there is nothing for hundreds and hundreds of feet: a few clouds glide past; farther down you can glimpse the chasm’s bed.
This is the foundation of the city: a net which serves as passage and as support. All the rest, instead of rising up, is hung below: rope ladders, hammocks, houses made like sacks, clothes hangers, terraces like gondolas, skins of water, gas jets, spits, baskets on strings, dumb-waiters, showers, trapezes and rings for children’s games, cable cars, chandeliers, pots with trailing plants.
Suspended over the abyss, the life of Octavia’s inhabitants is less uncertain than in other cities. They know the net will last only so long.
—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities