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.
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.
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.
Asia has always been a rich source of design inspiration for me. From ancient to modern design, rich cultural history in the places I’ve visited has heavily influenced the local built environment, and enriched my trips across the globe. My recent trips to India have been filled with overwhelmingly intricate architecture in florid hand carved structures, […]
Years ago, I stumbled upon a video that was to direct me toward my architectural career, and inspire me to realize the impact I may have on this planet. I’ve grown up within the privileges of the developed world, and the privilege to travel is one that has woken me up to the bigger picture […]