Architecture teaches us to observe. To the architect a camera is a great tool. It allows you to see what the naked eye may observe but the camera details. To look for what nature provides so that ideas and design are created in producing a great building. Part of the architectural process is to see these things, for all around us creativity is abundant. From the inside of a red pepper a cozy seating area, the interior of a cave or even the shape of a floor plan may be evident. From an exotic flower with holes, patterns for exterior cladding or simply a funnel may be created for light to pass through thereby, forming an interesting light pattern on a wall. Wild mushrooms may shape what is to be of a modern roof top and the formation of several mushroom patches along a green field can be the embodiment for what is to be a community of buildings with rounded roof structures and how they may be laid out. Architecture is an art and to have an intent behind what you design is good practice for a successful project to manifest. There is no limit to the generosity that nature bestows upon us. This is why I can never get bored creating for that is the beauty architecture gives me and how the architect produces our environment. The Golden Ratio allows for the composition to be aesthetically pleasing. By placing elements you see you can divide the subject in perfect proportions by using the Golden mean, the Golden spiral and the Golden Triangle. Something present in all we see in nature.
Abroad and within. Travel is not only a physical experience but also a creative journey. As we travel to new places our travel experience becomes a deeper and more meaningful path. Follow that path whether it be into a Gothic Cathedral, a labyrinth or a drive through a country road full of lavender. It’s sure to awaken that desire to see more and take you to places you never thought imaginable. When we travel we stumble across places that sometimes feels like deja vu, although you know this is the first time you have ever visited that place. Sometimes we run into the most mysterious places that just resonate so deeply in you that unless you visit the place you may never have had that feeling. You never know where that path will lead you.
Even if the road is a winding path take it and it will open up to a more luminous window.
I have read that it will cost approximately $160 billion to address the destruction left behind in Texas, due to Hurricane Harvey. Mother Nature is to be respected so why don’t we respect humanity? I find it unbelievable, after all these massive hurricanes we have had in the past 25 years, that virtually every time, rebuilding continues with the same methodology in other areas outside of South Florida. South Florida learned its lesson 25 years ago after Hurricane Andrew took a toll on the South Florida community. We basically have the strictest building codes in the country now, because we considered how important it was to keep the safety of the public at hand and our building codes continue to become stricter. It is bewildering when we see wood construction along coastal areas after such devastating events. It isn’t that wood construction can’t withstand water and wind but it is the power and magnitude of these hurricanes we have all been experiencing, that the type of rebuilding must be considered. Therefore, we must go to the experience others have had to face and endure to learn from. Building with concrete block, concrete and impact doors and windows makes more sense along these coastal communities.
Wood has its limitations, as all materials do. It is important that the public understand that certain materials function better in different areas. We build with wood and brick in the North because they are colder climates and these materials are readily available due to the proximity of forests. However, we must think sustainability, as well. Are we doing justice to the people or the environment, or neither? How many more does it take for us to understand that certain things work in some areas and others, in other areas. It is unsustainable anyway due to deforestation. Waste! Our lives are a consumption based economy, which is unsustainable. Therefore, we should really consider what is important to all of us and not just ourselves. Another concern that has always bothered me is why build in wood in tornado areas. Why not build a stronger foundation and skeleton? Think of it this way, “Our human body is made up of a skeleton which protects our organs and without this skeleton we literally would collapse for there would be nothing to sustain our body”. So why would we build the way we do when Mother Nature continually keeps on telling us not to mess with her. It is common sense and she could not be more explicit for all we have to do is look at the photos posted everywhere .
As Harvey has passed and rebuilding is in its presence, we now face Irma and what she can possibly inflict. Thanks to the continual hard work of the South Florida community, the care and concern our local leaders have depicted, their organization and their fast responses and concerns we have much to be thankful for and it is these actions that together we all reach out and help one another.
Humanity learns from trial and error. We are visual learners, so the photos of devastation could not be clearer. So, what can we do? Ask questions, become informed for an informed public is an educated public. It is the people of our country that make the world go around. We must protect them because in doing so we help each other. We can in turn, make it a more efficient and sustainable place for all of us.
Our eyes make of what we wish to see.
We see a library full of literature and education.
Doors partially opening inviting us to come in and experience this knowledge.
However, this is nothing more than an architectural model, within a picture frame, of a library with fake books and two passages at either side leading nowhere except the imaginary. An optical illusion.
They are mirror reflections giving us a false perception of reality.
Our lives are filled with illusions. What is real and what is not. It is easy to be mislead.
After all, life is an illusion!
Spice! Scarlet Red! You are cold yet hot!
Rivets and bolts intertwine your spine.
You are our daily destiny to near and far away places.
Your arms span between two bodies of land and embrace red, orange and yellow shadows of golden sunsets.
Your salty scented breezes briskly pass through our hair and skin.
Your grandeur and beauty continues to amaze us. Other worlds come to visit you.
You stand so proud!
You are the backbone of this colorful city.
You are its gateway and its strength!
The Love of a Father, which always kindles inside. The love that will NEVER die, for it is eternal.
When you wish to feel my presence, just listen to the music of the masters. You will feel me here for you know that music is my passion. Find the time to share your ideas. Create for it is why we are here. You SHALL find an abundance of love if you follow your passion.
I may not have always known how to express my love except for the only way I knew how. Remember my nagging and whining for it is the way I knew how to express my love, my concerns and how I hoped you would hear me.
I left you with tools on how to survive. This is what a father does, right? I taught you to walk so you would know the way.
It is my duty to start you on your path, life’s journey. This is what I know to do.
Forgive me if I lost each other at times but my work was essential and so I was tired. I have only been a parent once in my life. I guess I did the best I could.
Teach my grandchildren that there is nothing greater in life than love. It is ALL you will take with you and not the material things.
Therefore, plant your seed and blossom for this you need to thrive. It is the temple within you!
Remember to water along the way for strength, is sure to follow.
Share your journey along the way, it is I which WILL lead you, my light has not burned out.
Listen to your heart for I shall continue to grow with you here. My physical being may not be here but my soul definitely continues to glow.
Listen to the music for you shall always find me here.
So, I leave you now but remember time does not exist. Soon one day we shall be together for the light in front of me glows with glory!
We do what we think is best. We do as our parents would want for us to do. Remember, we are human and we will wander into our destiny’s path, which is what we came to fulfill. Life is difficult yet if we listen then we will always understand why and what we each came here for, after all each journey is different and we are here to learn from each other. Our existence here is but a flash before our eyes, so make the best of it. Your light within your heart will always glimmer, this is the eternal love a father leaves us with. The light which will never burn. As we continue in our life’s path remember, one day you too will leave your light behind to continue glowing. So set a good example of love so that we may all learn from this.
“My father is an angel that will always live on. His souls existence continues to carry the light. The light which he instilled in me. The kindness, gentleness and unconditional love towards all of LIFE. May God bless you always!”
To my father and all fathers, Happy Fathers Day!