INTERSECTIONS OF NATURE, IMAGINATION and ARCHITECTURE
Monday, August 6, 2012
is what I appreciate today. On the anniversary of my birth in this
world, I'm aware of the countless rebirths that have occurred over the
years. Every breath is a dying of the old and a spawning of the new.
Every word and gesture reshapes us and the world in one way or another.
Some rebirths are like the bright sproutings of new flowers. Others are
more like being washed onto the shore after a storm. Whether, as the
poet Hafiz says we go "kicking and screaming or dressed for dancing,"
life carries us onward through rebirth after rebirth... I think of the
many times I have passed through a time of change and feared the coming
of the next rebirth. All the philosophies and platitudes faded and I
entered the raw experience losing the known and being thrust into the
unknowable. Each time it has been at once daunting and so alive. Each
time, the rebirth peeled away worn our layers of persona that needed to
die so deeper, truer currents of life could be revealed...And what was
revealed was that which does not die and is not reborn—the indefinable
awareness that continues through every fading and dawning. That same,
unchanging awareness peered through these eyes when I was 5 years old,
10, 20, 40...In appreciating rebirth today, I appreciate what continues
and the wonderful mystery of living both...Enjoy what you are
I'm an architect and author, writing this blog to explore the following questions—How do we live well on this planet? Confronted with the greed, ignorance and fear shaping much of the world, how can we find openings to dwelling here with wisdom, connection, creativity and delight? Looking into these questions reflects my passion for understanding how our thoughts and actions shape buildings and cities. My two books—THE TEMPLE IN THE HOUSE and A HOME FOR THE SOUL—examine the idea of design as a language of human experience. This blog expands these connections to explore how imagination influences what we build in nature. In turn, it looks into ways nature can open our imaginations to more inspiring, sustainable and creative ways of dwelling here now. Let me know what you think.