18 February 2009

Update: back on track

My last post was full of sarcasm and anger, which is not consistent with the goals of this site. I have never been the activist type or the angry type, so in a way, that was out of character. What has hit me the hardest, I think, has been my move from Portland to Salt Lake. Being an environmentalist in Portland is a very different world from being an environmentalist in Utah. So I’m learning. My goal has been to keep this blog an optimistic one rather than one that is filled with pessimism, so I need to get back on that track…

4 comments:

Patricia said...

I think we all have those moments in the blogosphere. I admit to having have had a few myself.

I sympathize completely with your desire to build an optimistic platform; the other kind tends to collapse beneath you. I'm sure you, as an architect, see the superior beauty--indeed, the elegant functionality--of the structure that doesn't collapse while you're standing on it. ;)

Being an environmentalist in Portland is a very different world from being an environmentalist in Utah.

This is why I aren't one. I take the storytelling route, which if done well has a bit more going for it in the engage-the-listener department than the polemics route does. And storytelling goes over just as well in Utah as it does in Oregon. Though I do sometimes mix and match.

green mormon architect said...

Interesting point about storytelling versus ‘isms’ (environmentalism, activism, etc). I think it would also serve me well to take a “show-not-tell” approach to the points I wish to make. Interestingly I have a whole slew of concept designs that I want to do, but haven’t made time for yet. I think I will begin to share the thoughts I have through some LDS-themed design studies and see where that takes me...

Patricia said...

I have a whole slew of concept designs that I want to do, but haven’t made time for yet. I think I will begin to share the thoughts I have through some LDS-themed design studies and see where that takes me...

Could you please explain what "concept designs" and "LDS-themed design studies" are? These terms are new to me.

green mormon architect said...

It's basically just the first stages of a building design - the ideas behind it and the pretty pictures showing and supporting those ideas - drawings, models, etc. My hope is to do a Temple, a meetinghouse, and a home in the near future.