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Alsop's doodles show the joy of mindlessness

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Kenton Wilson refers to Will Alsop's 'mindless doodles' (AJ 25.4.02) because this is exactly what they are.

Alsop is a great exponent of the intuitive, where ideas come unbidden, unforced onto paper.

In order to achieve useful and flowing intuitive 'thinking', one needs to be exactly as Wilson describes - mindless, where all sense of self, context, position and gain are removed from the process of drawing. In short, removing the expectations of the ego.

How this fits in with the Alsop we see in the press, however, is a real mystery.

The problem is the credence, or journal space given to these images. They are quick to produce and necessarily have a short lifespan because they will always be full of other potential.

By freezing them in the AJ, they become far too important.

Simply, the images are little more than 'Universal Substance' - a term used by Aalto to describe the product of his own wonderful intuitive process.

'Universal Substance' - a drawn flux, a snapshot of change and potential on paper for a building proposition which, according to Aalto, would only come if he put all thoughts of client needs, technicalities and gain out his mind to be 'mindless' and simply draw.

What we do belongs to everybody but how we do it, no matter how much consultation we do, or how much methodology we propose in the design process, is still a personal, private thing. Drawing is key to that process, it is what makes us different and Alsop, no matter what his ego projects, illustrates the simple, creative joy of 'mindlessness'.

Mick Thompson, Bankside, London

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