PIZZA journal

OK is not enough

Besides my pizza project I am an architect.I am busy designing a school in the Netherlands, and diferentely then building an oven, a school project demands lot’s of decisions and concessions between all partners. It’s a big job arranging and managing this process. What sometimes annoys me is the fact that issues like hours-fee and efficiency drawing becomes more important then the concept itself. I have this feeling we are loosing ourselfs in the world of process management and budget limitations.

I believe in passion at work. Two months ago we presented our movie at the Waterkant in Den Haag. It was an improvised preview at a spontaneous party. With cables for beamer the beamer missing, not so much places to sit and a table cover to screen our movie on. The evening was a challenge itself. Together with the Waterkant crew we decided to do it anyway! Suddenly  the cables were brought in by one of the guests, people started to squeeze up on the chairs and we put up the table cloth. Every thing was going as planned, but then Esther noticed creases in the movie screen.

For some people ( including myself) it was not a big issue, and due to the fact that we didn’t had too much time such screen was acceptable…But for Esther it was not …”How could you see a movie looking at a crumpled screen for 60 minutes?” she ask me…I told her it was OK and the screen at least fits with our “improvised spontaneous movie”, but she answered me: OK is not enough!

Two minutes later a guy from the party jumped on his scooter running against time to get a flat-iron, and just one minute before the start we could put up the ironed screen with the help from the audience! YEAHHHHHH….it was beautiful!

Sometimes I wish this kind of passion emerges at my work…this concession that OK is not enough. Not deciding for the easy or the cheap, for the fast or the handy, but going for the best and the right. Let’s make space for emotion and passion between our straight digital lines!

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