In Search of Inspiration

unpluggingI’m going to keep this post short and simple. After a few crazy weeks finishing up a huge set of construction documents, I’ve decided to do something I haven’t done in years.. take a real vacation. I’m off to Peru for two weeks to seek new inspiration, ideas, and to refuel my creative mind and spirit.

I’ve packed light and plan on unplugging from technology in hopes of letting myself just be immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, and sense of adventure that new places and people provide.

In the Dalai Lama’s “18 Rules for Living,” one of his “rules” is the following: “As often as possible, go someplace you’ve never been before. Experience new places and new things. You might find yourself with someone or somewhere that makes you much happier than your previous circumstance. The Earth is so vast with unique and beautiful places, why wouldn’t you want to go explore them?”

While visiting new and far-flung places is easier than ever, the current “time famine” phenomenon our society is experiencing often prevents us from taking advantage of the technology and resources that facilitate travel that is long in length and rich in experience. Weekend trips and getaways are often brief tastes of local cultures and lifestyles, but do not give people the chance to delve into the questions that often interest architects the most, such as “how do people really live?” Not to mention design professionals’ fascination with the urban fabric beyond the tourist attractions and city centers that put on a good show but may not be representational of historic architecture, tradition, or authentic culture.

I hope to get a taste of all of these things as I stay on and off the beaten path and trails that many people have traveled before me. Through photography, sketching, and a sponge-like mentality, my ultimate hope is to come back as a better designer with an expanded worldview. And maybe to have some fun, too.

Signing off for two weeks,


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