The project for the House in Arrábida has been in progress for almost four years and so far I have only obtained the building permit from the municipality. At the present moment I surpassed “the permanent crisis”, the personal difficulties with language definition, and the construction project is now ready to go ahead. The problem was that it was not compatible, neither with the client, nor with the topography, not even with “myself“, to adapt a previous experience to this particular project. The “simple” solutions were exhausted, and quickly turned out “simplistic”. The “form” was becoming “formula”. A text by the writer Edgar Morin serves to explain the situation: “In the face of increasing complexity, we need, more than ever, a simplifying thought; but one that is not mutilating. When reality resists simplification, we have to turn to complexity. Complexity is the eruption of aleatory disorder and of uncertainty in reality… We all know today that the future is unpredictable, given the perpetual intervention of the newness and of the unexpected. And it is for that very reason that extreme complexity has a tendency to resemble a permanent crisis”.
Edgar Morin. ‘O Jornal’ 24/12/86