This is a wonderful video overview of Singapore as a prime example of biophilic urban design.
This Is Water
Retraining your brain to think with awareness and compassion.
Very good lesson to be learned. We all have difficulty with the “default” setting of our ego driven consciousness….perhaps it is time to truly educate ourselves for a lifetime of seeing the systemic complexity and holistic non-ego centered experience.
We had a visitor at our house on Saturday morning…looks like our “food web” is growing in our front and back yards.
When I was a young lad I remember seeing a very large female praying mantis on our fence near our garden….I still find these fascinating.
I RSVP’d yesterday for this. I am going to be applying to LSU’s MLA program in January and I am looking forward to meeting faculty and current students as well as touring the departments.
Years ago, I was in the photography MFA program at LSU. After a year, I knew that it was not the program for me so I withdrew, moved back home and started working. I always loved LSU’s campus and I had a good relationship with most of the faculty and students there. I am interested to see 10 years later what the school is like and to tackle a masters program that I am more suited towards.
If anyone has attended this event in years past and has any suggestions on how to get the most out of the day, please let me know.
Over my morning cup of tea a few days ago I was thinking about the two major tasks on my plate for the rest of the year; taking the GRE and working daily (or at least regular) drawing and painting in a sketchbook. I am applying to graduate school in January and I am using the last quarter of 2013 to get everything done that I possibly can.
The GRE test date will be scheduled soon and I will begin a total math refresher plan for myself. I have not actively used anything other than basic arithmetic, algebra and fractions in years (14+ to be exact), so it is a daunting task to re-learn rules and formulas that I have not seen or thought about since 1998-99.
Sketching is a totally different matter. I have occassionally kept sketchbooks off and on since I started college in 1995. Since starting my full-time job and having a family, I have spent a great deal of time considering the tools (pens, paints, sketchbook types, ink, pencils, etc.) and I have even put together a nice little collection, however, I have spent very little time actually drawing.
I am going to use the month of October to hit the streets and fill up my 9x6 Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook that I purchased back in January. This will be a useful way to practice various techniques and re-learn how to actually observe what I am drawing - learn how to see. In the next few weeks I will be putting together my small sketch kits. I will post some photos of those and list their components for your amusement and/or information.
My goal for 2014 is to keep a sketchbook with me and draw as much as possible, hopefully a few times a week or on weekends. I will be posting more sketches as this progresses.
PS - If anyone has any suggestions for equipment or techniques in sketching either architecture or landscape designs, please send me a message. I am always interested.