Architecture in Vietnam is unexpected, unique and quietly wonderful. It stands strong and grounded within the moral values of the people it is built for, and by. Culture and respect for history is integral to it, and peoples’ simple, grounded lifestyles thrive within it.

After long, hot and sweaty days of exploring temples, palaces and marketplaces, I would come back to my bed and close my eyes, still seeing golden behind them, still feeling the bumps of mosaic dragons on my fingers, and still feeling the silent serenity of plain yellow walls in my mind.

It is interesting, the idea that designers are those who innovate. Creators, pursuing the avant garde, inventors. That when we create, our ideas are our brain’s children, brand new and groundbreaking. Upon reflection I realize that our ‘creations’ are, rather, reinventions of what is already in existence around us. This post is simply reflecting on the train of thought that has lead me to this conclusion, and some further memories that confirm it.

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We do not bring anything into existence that does not already exist, at an elemental or material level, just like no matter or mass can be created or destroyed; it simply gets reused, recycled and conserved. We do not ‘create’ anything new. Yet, we bring into existence a new combination of forms and ideas that may never have been combined, or reapplied in that way, before.

My work for the first semester of second year undergraduate architecture.

Like in a multitude of growing cities in the world, Adelaide needs to be ‘infilling’ suburbs to meet the needs of a growing population. Students were to take two sites from an existing suburb in Adelaide, treat them as a whole, and experiment with creating dwelling and commercial entities upon them to increase density.

Biomimicry is beyond intriguing, with an extensive history of successes, and a plethora of ideas based on it shaping our future at this moment.

Nature is the world’s greatest architect, and always will be. As time passes we are learning that to mimic it will be our greatest means of innovation to better our own cities, and our own lives. Furthermore, mimicking nature through architecture and engineering will be the method we use to protect nature itself, through sustainable design and material research. It becomes cyclical, intriguingly unique and a beautiful amalgamation of the natural and fabricated world.

The scale of architecture’s impact in different parts of the world ranges from minuscule to tremendous.

Thoughts on the potential of design and the future of my writing on this platform.

An exploration of how a single space can be morphed by the conditions outside, and what this means for design.
What is without will always, gently or severely, alter what is within.

What we create, creates us back. For the designers out there who are philosophically inclined: Are we the designers, or are we the designed?

‘Just as you grow into the world, the world grows into you. Not only do you occupy a certain place, but that place, in turn, occupies you.’ – Costica Bradantan