The architect’s bowtie is emblematic of many of the paradoxes of the profession. Taoists note that many things contain their opposite. Some qualities of the architect are closely aligned with their opposites.
The bowtie stands for architecture as serious business
and architecture in bed with art and design, fanciful and fun
and the architect’s (sartorial) incompetence. The bowtie can be an easy fix.
A bowtie, like the modernist cube, is simple, yet can have origami like complexity and wit.
See this commentary on architecture and the Deleuzian fold. http://www.krisselstudio.com/000-docs/2-research/Gilles%20Deleuze.pdf
The fold is the general topology of thought… ‘inside’ space is topologically in contact with the ‘outside’ space… and brings the two into confrontation at the limit of the living present.
Like DNA or the mobius strip, the bowtie reminds us of the interconnectedness of inside and outside, form and function.
Stressed no tips – spit on desserts
The palindrome/bowtie logic is appropriate for architects any which way you look at it. Architects are accustomed to being f…ed over from various directions and heroically manage to function with dignity no matter what position they end up in.
It is also an appropriate emblem as they are often ‘lefties’ (left handed), hard wired to see things differently. As architects’ wives will know (after years of co-navigating with their upside down inside out partners), architects often have issues sorting out left from right.
A significant proportion of architects and designers have been dyslexic. Which gives this blog some immunity as architects are likely to look only at the pictures.