Thanks for your delightful reply, Craig. Er, I should mention that your photos are wonderful and the one below is digitally enhanced. I love your photos and the spirit of them - recent studies proving that people who spend time with nature feel better, are less neurotic, healthier and just nicer all round will be no surprise to you!
Hi Craig, good to hear from you. I had the impression before that the Living Machine had a bug (flaky partner, if I recall correctly - very difficult thing to find a partner who is right for you and the project) on top of other pressures. Quite understandable, and that's why I have always valued hard work over genius - or is it that a good percentage of genius is simply hard work? Anyway, I am very glad that you're not discouraged and will persevere despite all obstacles, since, in practical terms, that is life itself...
Yestermorrow is a great idea, and seems to be just the bridge between theory and practice that is needed.
So it's 1:44am in San Francisco, and I must admit... This timing may have made this already awkward comment slightly more so.
But in any case, it seems that you're currently a student at Diablo Valley College (way to point out the obvious, right?). My question is whether or not you know of a professor Billiana Stremska by any chance.
Dear Craig, thanks for your remarks! We Californians have to go to the snow, since it so rarely comes to us. I also haven't been to Tahoe since I was a kid and it was a blast. Mountainous or beach environment are so serene, relaxing and great for decompression. Will you get away for a bit, or are you too busy?
Hello and I regret the delay in answering you - the shameful neglect of my friends was quite unintentional, I promise (I was away for much, much longer than I ever anticipated and naturally came back to an office in uproar.)
It is quite awesome to teach, isn't it? It gets one to think things through rather differently, and quite exposes gaps in one's own knowledge - a most valuable side effect! Will you be doing it again? Sounds like you're a natural at it.
The meaningful exploration of words those words that people throw around so casually - like green and sustainable - can and probably will take a lifetime.
By the way, you might want to look up Gautam on this network, as he does some beautiful and quite fascinating work, all by hand, for the wonderful Dorling Kindersley books on various cities. He also founded the New Delhi branch of Architecture for Humanity, so you can find him on that network as well.
P.S. Are you getting well now? I quite understand how it sinks one's spirits, but it must be a great comfort to be doing what you love!
first - i'm blown away by your story above...wow! it's so more than cool that you've done and are doing something that actually matters! so much of architecture is "just business" but could be so much more. and thanks for your comments - computers nearly "took over" when i was in school, and now - even more so. i couldn't live or do my work without mine, so no hate! but i really believe that design investigated and developed by hand-done methods - actual drawing,etc. just results in something very different (not 'better or worse' necessarily) but indispensable / timeless. thanks again craig - tom