“Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.” – Gaston Bachelard

My partner and I are smug in our new house in Hillcrest. It’s been a good opportunity to explore the book Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard. He introduces the reader to the world of “topoanalysis,” by which he means a “psychological study of the sites of our intimate lives.”  He explores those hazy memories we have our our childhood homes, and how they change as we grow up. He presents the house as a site for day-dreaming, a safe refuge from an often hostile world, and examines this image with other comparisons: nests, shells, boxes, wardrobes (think Narnia), attics, vestibules, and any hidden space you used as a child to create a safe, imaginary world. This reminded me of the magical “tree caves” that have been hollowed out in the trunks of old redwoods in Northern California.

Collaborating Across Disciplines

This summer I was pleased to contribute an article for the July 2009 edition of the Open Source Business Resource.  I wrote about the practice of collaborating across disciplines. Businesses that want to survive need to borrow ideas from other fields of study, or they’ll get swamped by group-think.


“In our current economic quagmire, it has become a truism to appeal to innovation and “outside-the-box” thinking to allow companies to survive. But organizations that are not practised at this will struggle. They will hire the same consultants and read the same industry analyses and demographic studies without ever bumping up against the sides of their boxes, let alone breaking through.”


Click here for the full article and join the conversation at www.osbr.ca