‘Bricolage’ is defined as a construction made of many things. It could be a structure of ideas. And its making might involve the coming together of seemingly unrelated things that are at hand. Often it builds upon the structure of previous constructions (or destructions) — with each act leading to the next . According to Levi-Strauss, the elements of a bricolage are collected or retained on the principle that ‘they may always come in handy’.
This bricolage is a means to celebrate the human condition. Through curious things gathered across disciplinary realms of architecture, psychology, art, literature and philosophy — it’s an experiment in self-learning and unlearning.
The project is fuelled by a reaction to the dangerous idea that creativity is about originality. Instead, we believe that the processes of creativity are combinatorial — stemming from our ‘mental pool’ of ideas and insights, which come together in a ‘medley’ to generate more ideas.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” — Steve Jobs (Wired, February, 1996)
Hi there, my name is Niharika Sanyal and I like to forage for ‘interesting’ things. I graduated as an architect from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, but for the most part I’m curious about too many things – with a passion for connecting, sharing and making meaning. I’m using the first person plural above for reasons unknown to me – perhaps in the imagination that more will join in, in the hunting-gathering! My whimsical play with words has got me selected in the “25 Under 25” community of writers in India (Campus Diaries, 2016), and I’ve been a speaker at TEDx on the subject of incarceration. Through this blog, I try to celebrate the human condition. If it isn’t obvious, this project is very devoted to and inspired by Brainpickings.