70 minutes.

August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Meditation.

Watch it when you need a moment to calm. Or 70 minutes to calm. It’s a non-verbal documentary that I couldn’t take my eyes away. 

Simple. Real. Honest.

SAMSARA Theatrical Trailer from Baraka & Samsara on Vimeo.

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Antarctica.

August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have a dream journey in life.

It started by reading Sara Wheeler’s book Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.

This is a phenomenal book, especially for anyone who thinks that travel is the best way to expand and enhance your perspective both internally and externally. To me, travel is both selfish and selfless – if I don’t learn something new about both myself and another person, it was a failed trip. I go in with a completely open mind.

Terra Incognita shows just that. It is a beautiful read, and teaches you something without leaving the comfort of your own chair. It made me want to go to Antarctica more than anything.

Yes, I know that it is a harsh environment. Yes, I know that it is a challenging experience to even just get down there. But that makes it even more enticing for me.

And reading the adventure and seeing the pictures of any individual just makes me want to go even more.

I highly recommend the National Geographic’s piece on an excursion there: A man decided he wanted to climb Queen Maud Land. It is because of people who challenge themselves that we gain an understanding of our world. And if you prefer not to read, just look at the gorgeous and amazing pictures.

Full circle.

August 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

A while ago, I posted the video of Marina Abramovic’s video of her performance art piece, that was sharing one minute with a person, no words, no touching, just staring into each other’s eyes.

Jay-Z apparently liked it as well, and took it to where he needed to take it – adding music, and interacting with someone.

Interacting with someone through art is a powerful tool. These are both incredible examples of some of my favorite things.

Architecture and ethics.

July 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Wow. This is a fascinating piece, from both a design perspective, as well as a social wellness perspective. I completely recommend 99 percent invisible, but also this podcast in particular.

Prison architecture. Who knew?

Archinature you can wear.

May 22, 2013 § 3 Comments

Really.

MIRTA Jewelry

From a designer in Croatia, Mirta Handmade Jewelry.

h/t Design Milk.

This month.

April 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Has felt quite similar to this image…standing on the edge of a hot lava vortex of death, yet surrounded by cool serenity.

Journey to the Center of the Earth: An Incredible Glimpse Inside an Active Volcano volcanoes lava landscapes

I’m trying to keep the vortex of death away, but work is full of crazy deadlines. I’m looking forward to May 1, when I can completely drop off from three-plus deadlines a week. I just need to get through this week.

I do so enjoy slightly falling into the pit of fire, though. It keeps me alive.

h/t on the image: thisiscolossal.com I recommend clicking through for more gorgeous, raw images of this life of ours.

Perhaps listen to the most relaxing song of all time while viewing.

Ada.

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ada Louise Huxtable. Look her up. She is brilliant.

I was a bit disappointed to pick up her book on Frank Lloyd Wright (prairie style holds a special place in my heart, growing up down the street from a Purcell/Elmslie house, and living in the Midwest.)  It turns out that she researched it, but did not write a chunk of it; instead preferring to reprint some of what others have written about his life. Nonetheless, her perspective on him is comprehensive and I appreciate how she integrates his life with his work.

But honestly, how can you go wrong with a woman who fiercely defends the recognition of how the built environment impacts our lives? Not just from the architect’s perspective, but the community as well.  This is the epitome of sustainability.

I recommend reading her, if you haven’t already. She put a voice to an inanimate perspective. 

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