In the reading, Making the Invisible Visible, I understood two important things. One being that when working with a client or partner, the input whether constructive, negative, or otherwise can be whatever you make it whether constructive, negative, or otherwise.
The second thing is that the most basic theme should be at the center of every project in every matter. The values listed at the beginning of our culture project influenced what the style or mood the project would take. It will also continue to do so through whatever future stages our project takes us.
As for the other reading... I am not entirely sure how it relates other than the fact that the Smithsonian has a very elaborate and focused method for collecting and documenting, making it possible for them to keep track of their expansive collection, and for them to paint a fully encompassing portrait of many cultures.