4: do-it-yourself murder

I am intrigued by the author’s quotation of his co-written work creativity versus conformity, which describes the “veritable prison cell” triangle of humanity—consisting of the sides ‘biological limitations’, ‘limitations of habitat’, and ‘limitations of mortality.’ He believes that the goal of the human is to break free of these so-called parameters; however, he also includes that “...the people of the Third world are more capable in solving their own design problems...people native to developing countries have an enormous amount of design and technological expertise.” This example seems counterintuitive to his previous, triangular point, as it proves that the “limitations of habitat” may actually play a positive role in design in the third world. Perhaps these three sides of “limitation” may actually serve purpose beyond limiting. Humans tend to be more creative when given restrictions—it’s easier to produce a work of art with at least a theme or idea for inspiration. Moreover, as he continues, “increasingly the work of foreign experts constitutes an unnecessary intrusion,” I think that Papanek further highlights the importance of restricted immersion within a culture in order to provide long-term, knowledgeable help. I believe that this, in turn, provides freedom despite lying within these three “walls.”