GOODBYE MR. WOODS.
Last week I learned that one of my favourite architects, Lebbeus Woods has died. I’ve always had tremendous respect and admiration towards his work. I was mesmerized by his drawings from the first time I saw them in my 1st year drawing class in OCAD. Later on I read into his writings and ideas. His courage, honesty and acute perception of the challenges that every architect faces today, made a tremendous mark on me.
I’ve attached one of my favourite drawings by him. Its a drawing he did for an architecture magazine of Lower Manhattan in New York. The image shows an accurately scaled metropolis, yet after a few seconds you see the subterranean reference and the Manhattan that he is portraying is not the one that we are so familiar with. It peels away the surface layers and shows where the city originated, what it stands on, telling much more complex story of what the city is and could be. Its incredibly inspiring when one drawing can say so much.
I’m posting a link to his blog, to the last post that he made saying that he would be going away to focus on health and finish writing a book. I would never have thought, that it would be the last time we hear from the great man.
I encourage everyone to look through his writings, as he was a tireless proponent of speculative thought and experimentation, sometimes arguing it being the most important thing in design. His work has shaped me as a designer to a certain extent, and for that I am eternally grateful.
No mater where my design path takes me in the future, I will always remember his words, ideas and stories.
Thank you Mr. Woods and may you rest in peace.