However, when things suddenly move forward our vanity might increase. We become more and more confident when the stars come closer again. Therefore, the temptations to reach them increase. Instead of being in a maze of different directions the solution is right in front of us. The myth of Icarus and Daedalus warns us that being overconfident might lead to blindness of failure. Ignoring the warnings of his father, the architect and sculptor Daedalus, Icarus continues to fly higher and higher until the heat of the sun dissolves the wax that keeps his wings together. The boy falls into the sea. Icarus’ lifeless body is recognized by Hercules, who delivers it to Daedalus. In Daedalus' warning to Icarus he pointed out that he should avoid extremes:
"[...] Take care to fly halfway between the sun and the sea. If you fly too high, the sun’s heat will melt the wax that binds your wings. If you fly too low, the sea’s mist will dampen the feathers that give you lift. Instead, aim for the middle course and avoid extremes [..]"
Adapted from 'Metamorphoses' by Ovid.
The middle course, a balanced life, might come with age. As we age through the labyrinth of architecture, we get more familiar with our own fears and greed. Therefore, we might know better how to direct ourselves. We might become more careful or even sabotage our own mind with certain beliefs of greatness.
During practice, architects, landscape architects and urban designers experience the balance between flying and falling through designing. In their first year, bachelor students might have already experienced these emotions through drawing the corridors of BK. They might seem easy to draw at first sight, but only by actually drawing it, we discover that the path to success is not so obvious. It teaches us, like David Hockney once said, that drawing a line takes time and that a line has time in it. Thus, it might not matter whether we feel like flying, falling or staying balanced on the ground, as long as we take the time to learn from it.