“Techniques of design, however, cannot serve in lieu of a committed point of view, or faith. This is a point that needs to be stressed in days when it is all too easy to succumb to oversimple scientism. It is not enough for the designer to produce forms with high performance standards. He has a social, technical, and artistic¬†responsibility, and, if¬†necessary, he must be prepared for the sake of these to commit himself to the principles not previously tested. A commitment of faith is not less valuable for being a personal commitment or, as it is sometimes termed, a prejudice. Presumably, it is the prejudice of a highly skilled and gifted individual able to sort out the particular aspects of his culture that need to be reflected in form.

Every designer must be so committed in order to be able to identify the frictions and rough edges in his culture that are not yet expressed in existent forms. And only after he has identified them can he begin to discover what implications old and new issues alike may have design.”

Serge Chermayeff & Christopher Alexander, ‘Community and Privacy‘ (1963) p.116

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