Can design exist without limitations?

Marriott Marquis central atrium by John Portman, Atlanta, GA. Photo by Ben Kasdan.

In other words, do constraints themselves provide the opportunity for creation? Are the limits of program, site features, physical properties of building materials, construction budget, and gravity intrinsically connected to the proposed architectural design?

I believe that each building should be instinctually connected to its place and its purpose. All architecture needs to relate to its context — even if it is in contrast to that context — in order to separate itself from widget manufacturing. Unlike consumer products, architecture only exists in its specific place — even if it is temporary.

If completely unhindered, there is no “problem” to solve, and therefore no need for design innovation.

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