Architecture

More on 2012 Crop Circles

Posted in Architecture, Discoveries, Thinking Patterns, travel on July 11th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Metatron 3d

On our way back from Oxford to Wiltshire just off the M-4, was this formation.  It took us a bit of navigating to find our way. We finally found it in a very flat field. It was quite large and on the ground almost impossible to tell what you were in. Yet walking inside spending time just being quiet was well worth it.  One school of thought is that these designs resonate with patterns deep in our psyche. So we can receive the benefit by looking at them and or walking amongst them gathering the energy.  Amazingly we were the only ones there. This image was taken from crop circle connector.

Later in the afternoon we were lucky enough to catch the sun shine and walk into this site. It had been mowed on the inside by the farmer as many of them are, but the energy is still there and as my microlight pilot showed me the ground can provide a ghost image the next year with a different crop. It seems that the new crop in the ghosted area has more vitality.  I took this shot from the air while in the microlight.    The shot on the left was also taken and right in the same area. more to come.

view from air microlight

Alton Barnes White horse location

Frank Lloyd Wright Dejavu

Posted in Architecture on May 28th, 2012 by Sandy – 1 Comment

Lewis "Spring" house Tallahassee by Frank Lloyd Wright

I am on the road now and visiting the town I grew up in, Tallahassee. Today with Billy Gwynn I am standing in front of the Lewis house here in Tallahassee. It is abandoned and in total disrepair. How sad. Billy  and I grew up together and had the privilege of building an original Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. We built it in Kamuela on the Island of Hawaii and it gave me a wonderful adventure, not one so much of ownership, but of the fascinating  people and experiences surrounding this process. I write about the entire process in “How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking.”

Today there is a bit of sadness in seeing this great work of art in such a state. I read about now how collectable art is now selling for huge sums and yet the art form of our greatest architects sometimes just languishes. It is one of the great disconnects. Perhaps because it is an art form that requires constant attention, that requirement alone, diminishes all value beyond the utilitarian aspects.

From the ashes a “Pheonix” often rises. I ponder on what could happen here.

Seeking Pleasant Surprises

Posted in Architecture, travel on February 21st, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral

I went on a whirlwind four day trip to leave some of my mom’s ashes in her favorite city, Paris. I am traveling a lot these days and one exercise I find extremely useful and rewarding is to seek pleasant surprises and acknowledge them as they occur. A pleasant surprise is just that. Of course I like to think that we have invisible partners that arrange them, but this is just my belief system.

You don’t think about going to Paris in the Winter, but when the sun shines it can be quite pleasant with a warm coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. My first pleasant surprise came when the adjacent seat in coach, which I refer to as sardine class, was the only empty seat that I could see on the entire plane. Being able to stretch out just a little bit is a god send on a 10 hour plus flight. read more »

Where in the World Are We Going?

Posted in Architecture, Thinking Patterns on June 18th, 2011 by Sandy – 1 Comment

Dresden VW Phaeton Plant

We are living in such sensational times whether  political, economic, social or environmental that it is difficult to grasp the consequences. One thing for sure that will be happening is that our creative thinking will look for ways to make it more palatable and force us to become more open minded about where it is all going.

According to the Futurist Magazine, “The average American consumes about 34 gigabytes of data and information every day… and that amount of data will rise 44-fold in the next decade. The Economist Magazine predicts, “that by 2017 there could be as many as 7 trillion wirelessly connected devices and objects, which translates to approximately 1,000 per person. Personally I can’t grasp that yet.

I maintain that one must let “technology be your friend.” It doesn’t mean that I have to gobble down every new device, but that I actually find applications which make daily life easier. The more I do this the more I get into the flow of life at this ever increasing pace.

While there is a backlash at some level of how technology is taking over our lives there is also the positive side.

Here is an example of what a future factory looks like now. It is not only aesthetically beautiful but creates an interface between customer and producer. It is the Dresden Volkswagon plant where they  make the Phaeton.  The real creative thinking  was to get the city fathers to allow the plant to be built in the heart of the city. See how they did it.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/nd5WGLWNllA?rel=0

What To Do If A Big Idea Is Tugging At You: The Two Edged Sword.

Posted in Architecture, Discoveries, Thinking Patterns on May 27th, 2011 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

What to do if A Big Idea Is Tugging At You

Peter French photo of Wright house in Hawaii

This is often one of the biggest decisions we have to make from time to time. It calls for all of our creative and intuitive decision making courage.

Often it is a very powerful urge to go and do something like be a teacher in a foreign country or pursue a  compelling idea that you have no idea how to pull off. You know deep down inside that this is important  and if you let it go you know you will feel empty for not having tried.

This is what some refer to as a “Calling” or in Joseph Campbell’s terms “The Hero’s Journey.”  This is a pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives in one sense meaning that it is a deep seated archetypal pattern that repeats itself in many cultures.

The elements of the call are set forth in the diagram above. Basically there is the compelling idea and draw, the fear of  the unknown, the willingness to jump into the void, the challenges as you move forward, helpers who show up, some kind of transformational experience and the return with some boon of knowledge and wisdom.

But why do I call this the two edged sword? read more »

How Much Square Footage Do We Need For Living?

Posted in Architecture on May 25th, 2011 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Frank LLoyd Wright's Loveness cottage

In making decisions in our lives and using a bit of creative thinking one of the issues that we face as we scale down is how much space do we need to fully enjoy ourselves.

Years ago I had a chance to go into probably forty or more Frank Lloyd Wright Structures while working on an architectural project you can see on one of my blog pages.. Of all of the designs the one that I could have moved into in a heart beat was the Loveness Cottage, in Stillwater,  Minnesota. A kissing cousin of the Seth Peterson Cottage they both are attributed with more architecture per square foot than any other of Wright’s designs. The Loveness’s hosted me and  were partially instrumental in helping me get a chance to build the Wright hemicycle design constructed on the Island of Hawaii.

The Seth Peterson cottage is available to stay in and for architectural buffs it should be on one’s “bucket list.” Why, because of the variation of experiences you get from moving from one short distance ( a matter of feet) to another, and that is the exact experience you get in the Loveness cottage. So what is the experience and in what size space? read more »

Sandy Sims Talks About the Frank Lloyd House in Hawaii

Posted in Architecture, Discoveries, Thinking Patterns on February 10th, 2011 by litekepr – Be the first to comment

Share Sandy Sims recollections about how they decided to utilize the Frank Lloyd House on the island of Hawaii — and as he mentions the interesting luminaries that visited them.

The Other Taliesin at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winter Home

Posted in Architecture, Thinking Patterns on November 17th, 2010 by Sandy – 8 Comments

If one is invited back of the main buildings at Taliesin West in Scottsdale Arizona,  you will find yourself  walking a road or trails through the dessert landscape as it has existed for thousands of years. The entire Taliesin compound sits on 600 acres.  Out here one  will find the homes of long time members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fellowship such as David Dodge.  But most interesting to me were the sites built by students. Take a look. read more »

How Art Stimulates Creative Thinking

Posted in Architecture, Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on October 19th, 2010 by Sandy – 3 Comments

sculpture by Heloise

In a seminal article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “America’s Looming Creativity Crisis” by Richard Florida Oct 01, 2004 his opening remark was, “The strength of the American economy does not rest on its manufacturing prowess, its natural resources, or the size of its market. It turns on one factor–the country’s openness to new ideas.” Skip forward to 2010 and the Looming Creative Crisis is now here. This situation memorialized in a Newsweek article rates creative thinking as the number one leadership competency needed in the future.

So are the music  and art education  classes  as essential  as math and science? read more »

Why Great Architecture Is So Important.

Posted in Architecture, Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on August 18th, 2010 by Sandy – 1 Comment

Frank Lloyd Wright said that architecture was the highest form of art and perhaps it was from the point of view, that unlike the other arts, architecture was a permanent fixture on the landscape. If your are in its environs, like it or not, there it is.

A high form of art speaks to us at the archetypal level. It stops us: a sense of gratitude, appreciation and perhaps even wonder can ripple though us. We feel It. We don’t need to think about it. It  doesn’t matter what the art form is, if  it is great, it will touch us this way.  If it is a big building perhaps large numbers of  people feel its salubrious effect daily, and this in some way inspires them in their field of endeavor. We see this principle very much in industrial design now. Take Apple’s products for example. The hardware is simply exquisite both to look at and to feel.

Wright was a genius and a mystic. He would wait, so I have been told, until the design was complete in his mind as if being transmitted from a higher source in a complete package before it appeared on the drawing board.

The latest buildings of Frank Gehry seem to have this same quality, but perhaps for different reasons. I was in Bilbao, Spain not long ago. The Guggenheim Museum( pictured above) is an architectural wonder and has transformed the town.  In the museum there is a interview with Gehry on a continuous loop that provides an insight  Gehry co-creates with collaborating architects in his firm. In this regard the effort is a joint creation with Gehry assessing the contributions to the evolving design as either a yeah or nay. His role is to recognize the appropriateness of each design idea as it makes its contribution to the overall project. It seems like the ultimate expression of the group mind, as we move into the age of cooperation and away from the era of competion. It seems  that we are finding out that the “group mind, ” when available, can make better decisions than the individual and people like Gehry are showing the way.


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