Simplifying Complexity

A remarkable detail about the construction of the Sydney Opera House is that once the architectural design of Jorn Utzon was selected (a worthy story in itself), no engineering plans existed to erect the famous structure.  The project ran over-budget, behind schedule, and without certainty that the design could be achieved. It took a paradigm shift in thinking to realize a solution that allowed for the iconic design to take its intended form.  Constructing the geometric shapes in isolation had proved overwhelming but when placed into a larger context, the structure could be realized.  Using a ball as a model, the individual sections could be carved out and placed.  

Too often we ignore our fundamental purpose.  We tackle the immediate without relying our wisdom to see the whole.  The solution to complex problems is not always to create more complexity.

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