Kahn and Gershenfeld
After reading both of the works by these men I realized that both had some similarities. In the first reading Gershenfeld talked about the program at MIT where the students made what ever they wanted. This class did not just attract the engineer students, but it attracted an array of different students from different backgrounds. He talked about the one thing that surprised him was that of all the students wanting to be in the class and those actually in the class wanted to be not becuase they wanted a patent on a new item, or market a new product. They joined this class becuase they had the desire to make things that they had always wanted, but had never existed.
This is very similar to Kahn when he talks about architecture. Kahn talks about the world as filled with silence. An example of the silence in the world would be the desert in egypt. He talks about how all people have this desire to fill the slience in the world, and so comes about architecture. The egyptians viewed the desert as silence so they did something about it, they built the pyramids. Kahn says that all people feel this same need or desire to build where they feel slience.
Both these readings have in common that both say people design because they have the desire to create something that they feel that is needed but does not exist yet. They also both talk about how it is not just certain people that are attracted to create or design something. We all have the desire to create something if we feel it is necessary.
I agree with what both of these men say that we all have an urge or a want to design something no matter who we are. I also agree that when I see something barren and plain I would see that as silence as well. I want to create it into something that shouts at you or that people notice.