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.
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!
Eiffel Tower from a different angle.
Bilateral symmetry is the balanced arrangement of equivalent elements on a common axis.
Covered Walkway – Nashville, Tennessee
Rome Venice Pisa
Reflections is not only what we see on the outside, when we see our reflection in the water or in a mirror, but how we see ourselves on the inside. When we look at ourselves, what do we portray to others? Are we transparent? Can others really see who we truly are, what we are about and what matters? What do we want to reflect to the world? Time distinguishes what we see on the outside yet, inner beauty is what glows brighter every time we light our lamp. This is our spiritual reflection, our true beauty. These children, in their youth, see their beautiful reflections in the water and are intrigued by their own image. As Sri Ramakrishna once said, ” you will be like a lotus opening in the rays of the morning sun”. Meaning, that the lotus doesn’t ask, “where are the bees?” The bees are looking for the lotus. Inwardly, we are all looking for this beauty. For the love that grows with time. The love we find in the second half of life. This is the reflection I want to be seen and understood.
An architectural note: This plaza provides a sense of being. A place where we can all have fun without a care in the world but just being children. Architecture is not just about buildings but it is creating space and harmony. Here the people become the structure that supports how this plaza shall be used. We are the temple!