I came across this carving in a Barcelona house. It was designed 100 years ago by Antonio Gaudi. For me, this door panel embodies what is overlooked in the discussions and craft of green building. It embodies the poetry of looking beyond checklists to experience the relationship of wood and water, stability and change. This design reveals that wood is not a dead object, a resource. It is a living substance with character, history and influence. It embodies what Lao-tzu wrote in the Way of Virtue, "What a caterpillar thinks is the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly."
What does this door panel say to you?