Thursday, April 19, 2007

life is virtual cocooned within the real, as we all transcend the physical and tangible through the senses of perception.

a beautiful city is a place that imbues the actions of many real people who have wanted and desired to create a beautiful city; a natural environment void of man has no such human spirit.

experiencing great architecture is and should be like living a dream, a phantasy, having a virtual experience with media, an emotional journey -- the architect uses all of the elements and their hybrids as construction building blocks to create a structure of experience.

great quest of future architects -- to meld the great responsibilities and consequences with great experiences , emotion, and clever tricks.

we are bound by the biological sameness of ourselves but we are able to detect the fine grain nuances that identify us.

- 4/17/07

Friday, April 13, 2007

suburban street structure

At first glance some may not like the residential, suburban pattern of streets, serpentine strokes of car-dependence. Look deep, and read a city through its streets.

Yet the grande views down the street, from curb toward the hills, from front door looking across, and on one street peering around a corner, are all views determined in the street structure, coded by the street width, the setback distance of house from curb, the space of the yards, the height of the building, the variety of built topographical forms, the color and textures of each fixture, the natural environment intermix of trees, garden, shrubs, hills, forest, sky, air, and of utmost importance, people, feeling, life.

Car dependence may be derided but beauty we may treasure has arisen from the form of the streets.

What challenges does this offer to us to play? What responsibilities and what opportunities? What histories and what futures?

(c) M. Waxman 2007.

Friday, April 06, 2007

the meaning of life is the meaning of life.


Monday, April 02, 2007

one's life is always uncharted territory.