Eight Legged Architects: Spider Silk and Shelter

Nature At Work

Strength and Flexibility. Construction work done right at its ultimate level.

Spider webs serve different purposes. The most well known is that a spider web is created to attract its prey. Think big and you get big results. The larger the web the more promise at snagging insects. The spider web is comparable to steel, relative to weight. Efficient in gathering food using its glandular sticky silk for trapping or wrapping its prey yet, can be energetically consuming in the production of protein required to make silk.

Hydration. Droplets of glue form orb weaver spiders sticky webs. Self-made hydrogel aggregate of organic and non-organic compounds and water produce this glue. Humidity keeps the silk soft and tacky.

Sustainability. Spiders are able to ingest and digest their silk and recycle it.

Spider Web Production Inspiration.

Flexible, light, strong and water resistant: Medical devices, parts, supplies are created for products that need to be stretchy and/or sticky such as, artificial tendons, ligaments, implants, sutures, adhesives and bandages. Protein in spider aides in textile design and protective products such as body armor (bullet proof vests), athletic helmets and airbags due to its flexibility and its lightweight abilities.

Spiders are natural born contractors, structural master engineers and architects. Always changing, adapting to its environment and redesigning to produce the best functional design that serves its purpose. Architecture is about adapting to the environment, design and function. Mother nature offers her little workers in order to produce and sustain their habits and to capture their food. As architects we learn from nature and the spider web has allowed for us to study and incorporate its strength and beauty in the building industry in providing strong and sustainable shelter without compromising the environment. What we must remember is to be conscious and not to destroy or deplete our natural resources and maintain ecological balance. There is structure all around our natural habitat.

Experience Travel

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.

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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!

Endless Lifetimes

As time passes, I feel I have loved you in endless lifetimes.


As I watch my heart flow with the clear water stream, I can’t help but wonder where our heart has wandered.   As it glides through new adventures, where is it going to now?

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The passage is clear, surrounded by all of God’s fruits as it meanders through the green brushes sweeping over the water, going with the flow.  Allowing itself just to be in the NOW.  Whatever happens it will keep pumping towards full happiness and LOVE.  We have been through many lifetimes together, which has brought us to this reality.  God only knows how many thousands of lifetimes it took to reach this moment in our lives.

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So the heart continues to flow with all its ups and downs through this illusion we call life.


Where we are headed now, God only knows.  I can only say that the ride has been  fulfilling and await the endless Love this era has in store for us.


As the heart finds its Truth.

Horse Country

Welcome to Horse Country!


Horse Country

An area in Miami that many may not be aware that even exists.  It’s not really known, for it is in the outskirts of the city.  It is not an area tourists would pay to take a tour of yet may like to know that not everything is along the East of Highway US 1.  Miami is not only buildings and night life it too has some country living in the suburbs.  As the city continues to grow, peace and relaxation can still be found, you just need to know where to go.  Among all the hustle and bustle horses wander among the green acres not dominated by urban sprawl.  It is nice to take a drive through here when you want to change your mind a bit and breathe a bit of air.

There are horse farms, lamas, chickens, cattle and landscape nurseries all surrounded by a residential area and churches. Not to mention that yearly the Oktoberfest is celebrated in this neck of the woods.

Whenever you are in the mood to take a drive away from the city and maybe are heading down South to the Keys, swing by and see what else there is to see in Miami.

An Inspirational Writing Moment


Board of Architects (BOA) Meeting:

My morning begins today with a BOA meeting at the city.  Today it was moved from City Hall to the museum.  Seems as if everyone this morning has had their fix of caffeine, for they are all enthusiastic and loud.  Maybe it’s the ambiance of being at the museum this morning rather than at the City Hall building, which is very institutional, yet pretty, which has made everyone so happy.  Maybe it’s the vibration of merely being surrounded by art, knowledge and culture which has the BOA this morning acting in a vibrant mood.  The location of this museum, as should all museums, is very appropriate considering the book store is next door and the foreign film theater is across the street.

Well, it seems as if I will be here for quite some time this morning so I have to look for an ATM and get change for the parking meter.  Since my number is 86 and they are just starting, I have plenty of time for a walk.  My gosh!  A walk! Something I do not always have the time to exercise in my daily routine, of course I do not count all the times I am running to clients, engineers offices and job sites, which is almost everyday but, a stroll in total peace and tranquility, actually enjoying this walk is such a blessing.  So, on my walk back from the ATM, I pass a small tea cafe and decide to go in for a hot cup of tea.  I decide on ‘Chai Me Up’ with a bit of Almond Milk.  Black tea, chai spices, jasmine, rose and lavender petals.  How appropriate for my day today!  I enjoyed every sip!  So, I arrive back at the BOA meeting and spend several hours waiting to be called by the architectural jurors to critique my design, for my clients 2nd floor yoga studio addition, to her home.  I should mention that this home also had to go through historical review board since it is a historical home therefore, today the historical reviewer was also present but only so that they can state my case to the architectural board, which historical already approved.

So as I wait, I contemplate on what it was like as an architectural student and the nerve racking moments of presenting your design to a panel of jurors who would either tear you apart are give you some good criticism, which would surely make you a good architect, we all hoped.  I enjoyed those days of the students life for they were filled with moments of total creativity- all those late night hours of design passion!  On the other end of the spectrum is a reality check, for the business world is more of the daily programmed tedious work, client deadlines, meetings with engineers and contractors at job sites. It really is different than those days of design deadlines in college.  One is designing for fun, a fantasy since you really are not designing for a client but you are free to design what you wish within the design program so, the sky’s the limit. The other design is the responsibility of designing with the financial reality of someone else’s money.  Is there the financial means to build what they wish for and how limited is this reality?  So, the reality is to come back to the drawing board, to decipher through building codes and planning boards and try to make it all work so that you produce a design which is functional and that your client is happy with, which at the end, is the ultimate gratification. So, for the moment I sit here and I am using my time wisely, enjoying my hot cup of ‘Chai Me Up’ and write what is in my mind and how I feel at the moment.

I do not always have this productive 30 minutes or even 2 hours in any one day to actually read “Poets and Writers” magazine.  Nor do I have the time to be creative writing nor use my architectural creativity the way I wish because of the rush we all live in.  However, I can appreciate the moment and be thankful that I can reach over and get my pad and pen, yes- not a computer but paper and use this moment the universe has afforded me to be in the ‘Here and NOW’.

So, as the crowd begins to disappear and I continue to write, I come across an article by a San Francisco artist, Roman Muradov who said that, “He gets inspired by drawing and writing and that he values his passive moments much greater than his active moments.  Sometimes doing nothing at all, just walking around aimlessly is a form of art for him and that this is something Marcel Duchamp understood quite well.”  I must say I appreciate and understand these words of wisdom. The only times in my many years in this profession that I can honestly say I have been my most creative and have used my time wisely to gather my thoughts, have been when I have been in total silence where I listen to my inner wisdom.  The second, which is when I am designing, is at late evening hours listening to constant replays of Andreas Vollenweider recordings of inspirational non-lyrical music of violins, harps, flutes and the piano in high and low invigorating background tunes, while I felt I was an artist with my paint brush dreaming and I was really free flowingly sketching  with my pencil.  Truly inspirational!

So, 4 hours later I find myself next up to be critiqued, after one last jury presentation and I have allowed my bohemian side to dream a bit and enjoy this wait time which all-in-all has been a journey well received and one last thought comes to mind and reminds me that, to be creative we must also interact with other creative creatures in the universe, like all the others waiting there like me, like the knowledge of books, music, culture, places and vibrations of people around us which introduce us to our identity, our purpose of why I am sitting here waiting and how all of this around me is part of the process of whom I am, who all of us are.  For this blessed few hours to ground me once again in this peace so I can gather my thoughts and be myself gives me the confidence and reassurance that all will come out great when it’s my turn.  And, it did!

Now I have great news for my client.  Like I said, that’s the ultimate gratification!  A smile and a thank you!

Quote Credits:  Roman Muradov, artist in the San Francisco Bay area, quoted in “Poets and Writers” Magazine.

Door to our Heart

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Choose a door.  Doesn’t matter which one.  Neither is right nor wrong.

Each is our individual journey to our own truth within.

The door we each unlock is our own spiritual path to which we came to learn and grow.

It is the door to our heart-the beauty within each of us.

The love we came to share.  Gods love!

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Sacred Geometry

“For the human spirit caught within a spinning universe in an ever confusing flow of events, circumstance and inner turmoil, to seek truth has always been to seek the invariable, whether it is called Ideas, Forms, Archetypes, Numbers or Gods. To enter a temple constructed wholly of invariable geometric proportions is to enter an abode of eternal truth”.

Robert Lawlor