Friday, May 6, 2011

Why NOT reason more visually?

A kind Scandinavian Archicad-expert posted a message on my blog:
 Well, look at what the Norwegian government building agency (Norway’s largest building owner)
is specifying:

.. and I read through it obligingly – adamant to suspend my cynicism and find the really useful in the document.

And it IS a useful document – see for yourself.
The Nordic countries have long been at the forefront at anything BIM.

But then, I love to read long complicated books and still I am not that good with long textual documents.
In fact some internal self-preservation mechanism tends to kick in when I confront my mind with anything that looks like a set of rules (or even a guide or manual) and helpfully takes my interest to something else.

As I read through the wise document of the large Norwegian building owner an old email-viral flashes up.
Can’t really recall it in detail but lists numerous witty sentences, all starting with a “why”.
So I go and search and find ‘a’ why list and muse over it for a while...

Then I return to the document I rudely abandoned previously and make the connection...

My interest in the “why”s is simple –I’ve been wondering subconsciously, why aren’t documents that are supposed to guide processes like designing-documenting buildings not more pictorial even animated?

Why NOT reason with more graphics, visually?

Some of the “Why”s I like:
Why are apartments so close together?
Why is abbreviation such a long word?
Why do we call something sent by car a shipment and something sent by
ship a cargo?
Why do we call them restrooms when no one goes there to rest?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?


  1. George Carlin would be proud of your "Why's", Zolna. I almose always enjoy your posts here.

  2. Well, thank you - I almost always enjoy writing them to - a variation I guess on one of Carlin's quotes:

    The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
    George Carlin

    Read more:

    From the 'Why' quotes only the visual is mine, the rest came from various viral post - I just thought they were too good not to give them another airing given the subject;