Never proceed without an idea. Architectural ideas are larger and more encompassing than the program or site. They entangle us first in questions of nature and culture, then gravity, light, materials, labor and use. A formal idea attempts to make the ideal present in the real, the abstract in the concrete. The ideas reduce the infinite possibilities to a manageable few. Ideas should be large enough to envelope the process, owner, staff and contractor and remain strong through the tedious and complicated phases of the project.