Unconventional Problem Solving

Unconventional Problem Solving

As Ray Anderson (CEO of Interface flooring) likes to say, “the best way to have good new ideas is to stop having the old bad ideas.”

Coming at a problem from a different or unconventional perspective can lead to dramatic efficiencies and superior products. Where we as people and businesses have to go from here requires just this kind of approach if we want to retain any semblance of our current standard of living. Our problem solving ability is just the medicine then that can help make problems become opportunities for the immediate change that we need. When we are presented with a problem our response is not based on a need to immediately answer the question with sources to back up our answer. Instead we may think on it a bit and find a response that solves the question at hand along with questions that have already been asked and those that may need addressing. You’ll find that many of Full Scale Architecture’s solutions serve multiple functions and thus preserve budget and resources. They are also not architectural “one-liners” and allow exploration and determination over time, thus increasing their sustainability further.

Need an example? How about sloped ceilings in classrooms? As a natural lighting approach they are superb light-focusing elements, allowing greater reach of natural light from exterior windows, deeper into the room – take a look at the Arcadia School section here. This also allows room for clerestory or higher glazing at the exterior wall to be clear so that it keeps glare away from sightlines. It also provides lower ceilings along corridors for mechanical and electrical runs. Oh, and also, it doesn’t cost more.