The Monitor's View: Quote (2)
From "Between Silence and Light," (c) 1979 Shambhala Publications Inc.
With the sense of Wonder comes Realization. Realization is born out of the intuitive. Something must be just so, and it has a definite existence though you cannot see it. You strive because that existence makes you think of what you want to express. In this drive to express, you make a distinction between existence and presence. When you give something presence, you have to consult nature, and that is where Design begins.
Form encompasses a harmony of systems, a sense of Order, and that which distinguishes one existence from another. Form is the realization of a nature, made up of inseparable elements. Form has no shape or dimension. It is completely inaudible, unseeable. It has not presence; its existence is in the mind. You turn to nature to make it actually present. Form precedes Design. Form is "what." Design is "how." For is impersonal; Design belongs to the designer.
Design gives the elements their shape, taking them from their existence in the mind to their tangible presence. Design is a circumstantial act. In architecture, it characteri zes a harmony of spaces good for a certain activity.