Smith, Kendra Schank, Albert C. Smith, and Jessica Stanford. "Sparking the Imagination: Exploring the Eureka Moment," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 7, issue 1 (2013): 162-176.
This article elucidates aspects of the creative imagination: inspiration and how this brief momentary revelation combines previously pondered thoughts, combined with the craft of implementation, to present a meaningful whole in an architectural design process. This imaginative spark or the eureka moment may be the resolution of an idea or the understanding of a perplexing concept. Using Vitruvius’ story of Archimedes as an analogy, this exploration utilizes myth to bring concepts of inspiration to contemporary architecture. Thus, a new understanding of inspiration may assist architects to better utilize this important capacity and