Sketches and text are brought together in an article titled, in Dutch, 'Het ontwaken van het onbewuste' or 'The Awakening of the Unconscious'. The sketches can be found on this website. The text is found below.
Sketching as an Awakening of the Unconscious.
During a long day at the drawing table there is a moment that becomes a ritual. It is a slot in the day when a space is made for the hand to draw without instruction from the mind. These sketches have neither aim nor intention. They are neither analytical nor logical. They are the equivalent to daydreaming.
At other moments, when a more aimed questioning is called for, a more deliberate kind of sketching is used and the mind most definitely employed. These sketches are more measured and logical. Following on from these are yet other sketches that are made to present a design to others after decisions have been made. It is these three kinds of sketches from which a selection has been taken.
The first of these sketches have something akin to the ‘thinking hand’ that Juhani Pallasmaa describes. He suggests that many of our most crucial skills are internalized as automatic or unconscious actions. The movement of hand in the task of sketching, arises from within rather than being a re-enactment of something understood and remembered intellectually. It is precisely the unconscious that is nurtured and a way of letting the inner being speak.
Translating these kinds of sketches into plans, sections and elevations drawn to scale and with measurement is yet another art, one of keeping the original spirit or idea ‘afloat’ or ‘alive’, of letting the unconscious or inner voice resonate through into built form. Pallasmaa like Steen Eiler Rasmussen before him, points out that the tacit and intuitive wisdom that comes from within is essential to our experience and understanding of the built environment. The sketch is one of the few means that the architect employs in the day to day tasks that awakens this.
The horizon sketch of the former island of Marken relives a moment when the landscape appears as movement; footsteps in the foreground, the flight of bird, the sinking ground. This kind of sketching helps in conceiving space that is neither static nor clearly definable. It is a way of bringing oneself close to this understanding because the task of sketching is, in itself, nascent and not yet fully formed. The other sketches are made with a more reasoned and deliberate approach.