I am a boring person and I wish more of us would embrace boring. After all may you live in interesting times was a curse not a blessing. May you live in boring times. You’re welcome
Ghosts are rad
Alex Kerr writes lovely things about Japan.
I’m getting back on the + train.
It’s been a meandering idea that’s still kicking and one of my goals for the summer was to get the ball rolling on it. So here goes.
What do we need more of?
A great quote
Another quote because I’m up early and I can’t help myself.
A great quote from the Nancy podcast.
I don’t know if I love how it looks but the point of this is to play around so who knows.
From Happiness by Heather Harpham. A lovely and beautiful book.
More quotes because me and moderation are not well-acquainted and I enjoy variations on a theme.
If religious studies taught me anything it's curiosity and openness. It also taught me that there is way more we have in common than that separates us. We grieve together.
Here’s a thing I designed around the time of the Muslim Ban + Quebec Mosque Shooting. I’m putting it up again today.
A few years ago, and by a few I mean a few, my sister sent me an audio postcard from London where she was living at the time. It had recordings of different spots around the city. I really loved the concept of it. Little snippets of these places and spaces. Capturing the experience of what it was like to be there.
I've always felt that need to capture experiences. To share them. To document them. That's part of why I spent a big chunk of the last 24 hours going through old blog posts and moving them here. It's tedious but I feel a need to do it. Because then it's all here. Every post. Every lousy post. And a couple of good ones.
That way I can look back at where I've been and in a way see a bit of how I got to here.
I can see the work, the evolution and think about who i was and what I was doing.
When I look back on my life and all the things I've done I have words and images to document them and to place me back into that moment. I think that's pretty cool.
After receiving the audio postcard I came up with the idea of doing my own audio postcards. I came up with a project called Sound and the City that never went anywhere. I did some audio recordings and a basic design but that was pre-podcast and I didn't do much with it.
Nowadays I spend most of my time listening to podcasts. They are my main form of entertainment, a way to feel connected, to learn, to be challenged. I am who I am and I'm doing what I'm doing in large part because of podcasts.
I think about starting a podcast. A lot.
It started with me being annoyed that a couple of my favourite podcasts don't interview landscape architects and urban designers. Who else would you want to interview? If I had a podcast it'd be all built environment all the time. Then I was like I guess I'm the person who should start that podcast.
It's a thought and if it sticks around long enough then maybe it'll go somewhere.
I'm looking for a producer and composer if anyone is interested.
I'm also trying to think of a name.
Wild Thing: Conversations about the built and natural environment comes to mind. I think it would confuse people and be too associated with other things. Usually the name comes and then there's a project.
Maybe when I think of a name and wrap up that book I'm editing and settle into school and have a better handle on my health problems and all 500 other ideas I have I'll do it.
And maybe if I do do it I'll include little snippets of sound from spots around this city, audio postcards of sorts.
I like the idea of this arrangement of words. I might play around with this more.
Some design principles I jotted down in a notebook:
- Beauty + wonder
- Health + well-being
- Nature + sustainability