"AT TIME OF CHANGE, THE LEARNERS ARE THE ONES WHO WILL INHERIT THE WORLD, WHILE THE KNOWERS WILL BE BEAUTIFULLY PREPARED FOR A WORLD WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS." - ALISTAIR SMITH
There are innumerable quotes about the need for continued learning, for self-reflection, and for constant improvement. This site is intended as an outlet for that need to think and rethink in the world of design. Architects and urbanists often refer to the built environment, which is intended to encompass our man-made surroundings from the scale of the building to the scale of the city. But should that not also include our man-made surroundings at all scales? The computer I'm typing on contributes to my built environment (a mac, cliche, I know), as do the pants I'm wearing right now (khakis...by the way).
I am an architect, which is generally supposed to mean I design buildings. However, I've never quite agreed with completely separating myself from the rest of the designed world. The whole world has been designed, and therefore the whole world can offer inspiration and lessons on design. The built environment is the subject of this site. And, at least on this site, that will refer to the design of everything; from pants to cities.
That being said...I do really like buildings. So I apologize in advance for the inevitable obsession with some random column design or door detail.
The vehicle for studying the built environment (or anything, really) is questions. Questions are more important than answers, for there can be infinite ways to answer the same question, and they can all be correct answers. But as long as we keep asking questions, we won't stop learning. That is what drives this site, that every idea should be questioned; and through that questioning we can continue to design a better built environment.
Thanks for visiting!