THE INNER STUDIO unveils a place of learning inside each of us where we can learn lessons about ourselves that are inseparable from what we design and build. It is about helping architects expand their ability to bring creativity and imagination into their design work. Drawing from examples, anecdotes and exercises built up over many years of teaching in the design studio at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, as well as many years in private practice as a psychotherapist, The Inner Studio gives readers new pathways for bringing their creative instincts into the act of designing.
As designers, many of our dialogues and image making faculties begin and develop in the mind so The Inner Studio outlines the basic psychological roots of creativity using diagrams to help locate the designer during the covert inner phases of the design process. Examples drawn from contemporary architecture and urban planning serve to assist the reader in comprehending the patterns and consequences of their design decisions.
A key chapter of the book explores the common obstacles and typical problems that frustrate us as we attempt to grasp the rich and complex world of design. Seeing these challenges as valuable allies that can serve to deepen and mature our design work is a key element of this approach to design.
The Inner Studio is the first book to focus directly on helping designers express their subjective and often unconscious experiences of the world. It is intended to help beginners as well as more advanced practitioners develop design instincts that satisfy our desire to dream and belong in a world that is both creative and meaningful.
“The Inner Studio is a radical, deeply grounding, work of the imagination….a summons to greater consciousness regarding the construction and design of daily life.” -- James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, TX, where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center, and author of twelve books.
“You need not read more than the first two pages of this book to realize that you are reading a truth that well may save our culture from the rapid depersonalization that our ever-expanding built world has created.” -- Dr. Paula M. Reeves, author of Woman’s Intuition: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Body and Heart Sense
“In his unique and truly original text, Andrew Levitt draws from a deep understanding of psychology and architecture to produce a ‘manual’ for designers to foster these inveterate connections.” -- Dr. Alberto Perez-Gomez, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture and Director of the Post-Professional Graduate Program, McGill University School of Architecture
Read more about Andrew Levitt at andrewlevitt.ca
Canadian Architect has printed a review of the book here .