Steven Holl: At New York’s MoMA

Delving into the creative process of a great mind is illuminating. It allows an observer to unpack the end product, to see beyond the blindingly impressive result, to pierce the veil of awesome completion. It’s the stuff of countless self-help books – how to nurture an abstract idea into full-flowering reality. Bookshop shelves are littered with titles such as ‘The Power of Now’, ‘The Artist’s Way’ and ‘The Secret’, each seeking to unlock the reader’s own potential by providing a spiritual, creative or financial plan of action. Would it surprise us if, in the age of computer assisted design, the central elements in the creative process of one of the world’s most acclaimed architects… were the humble pencil and pad?