“... a house whose inside is as open and manifest as a bird’s nest, and you cannot go in at the front door and out at the back without seeing some of its inhabitants; where to be a guest is to be presented with the freedom of the house, and not to be carefully excluded from seven eighths of it, shut up in a particular cell, and told to make yourself at home there, - in solitary confinement.” Henry David Thoreau in 'Walden'
While attending college, Tom was once asked to accompany Buckminster Fuller for an afternoon. Fuller had come to speak at the school, and Tom was tasked with helping Fuller with anything he needed and to direct him to the lecture hall. At the appropriate time, Fuller was directed to a stair and was told to go down the stairs to the lecture hall. Fuller halted and said, "no." Continuing, he said "we will not get anywhere that way. We need to call it the 'in' stair." "Until we call them IN-stairs and OUT-stairs," Fuller furthered, "we are not going to get to planetary consciousness." Ah, of course, in and out of the planet, we are on a planet, together -- once asleep … now enlightened, a change in perspective shifts our positions.
In a similar shift of position, we like the quote attributed to Aldo van Eyck - "for years now, architects have been providing outside instead of inside, but that is not their job at all; their job is to provide inside even if it happens to be outside." Van Eyck, with his poetic articulation, describes that in designing environments, one should never feel like you are outside, be it in a room, in a house, in a site, in a street, in a town, or in a landscape, one is always inside. Looking at form in the environment requires understanding it as an inside, seeing the space it makes.