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Some stills of the light installations. Vivid Sydney 2012.

the question is, why can’t some of them stay the whole year. A small intervention changing the whole urban setting and the way people embrace the city. Pretty awesome

 

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cool or what, city is taking by light installations and video projections over the circular quay area in Sydney.

 

This city offers you the possibility of certain delights. I hope I don’t get tired and stop doing this.

My weekly visit.

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Unbelievably it’s saturday night again.

Almost a week since the last time I wrote a post and I still don’t know how that happen. It’s interesting how our perception of time can change so much and be so deceiving. More interesting even is that when you do something that is so alien to your life that you don’t feel it’s a part of it your mind basically detach it from your the rest and it is a if you’re doing something from another world when you’re involved with it and when you go back to your “normal” life it’s like if you never left, times catches up with the last time you where there so it feels like yesterday when it is really a week ago.

A similar experience happens when you enter certain buildings or environments. They are so alien, so different from whatever is that surrounds them that you suddenly forget where you are and furthermore your behavior and your mood completely change, hospitals are a very clear example of that.

Some other times it’s the activity you do, playing a sport, or watching a movie, that detaches you from the reality. You come to be your own alter ego for a while and the rest of the world blanks somehow.

I feel there is something there to be grabbed, something to use and to wok with, this ability to detach ourselves from reality, this idea of having lives in parallel worlds and jump from one to another, having time lapses. There is a real role for architecture to be played in that, as ir can tryly modify your mindset and your attitude.

Saturday night thoughts waiting for the biggest game of the season and enjoying one of my lives that it’s a bit too marginal these days.

P.S. I hate winter. Can’t live with sunsets at 17.oo hrs or earlier.

Next chapter on the series of Urban on the move. A night walk down George street in Sydney. The future is so bright sometimes…

Brewing Ideas

Posted: May 13, 2012 in personal, Sydney, whatever

It’s sunday and finally I have done nothing today. It took me more than 2 months here to have a day in which I did nothing. Just staying in bed, having a nap, reading. Well I took the opportunity to download pics, update the blog, write half an article, the other half missing… but it’s a start to my flying low, let the time pass mode in which I am trying to be for the time being.

It got me thingking about the contrast between the brewing time of an idea and how people see the result in a suprised shicking fashion. It’s been in your mind, it’s been around you for ages, for so long that it sounds familiar to you, that feels normal. You’re so use to it, you have seen it grow and take shape, you know its flaws and its shiny bits. For people when you show the final bit, it’s just a blow, it’s new and it’s shocking. It’s the iceberg theory, the 10% theory, people only see the 10% of things, if you are inside the process you see the other 90% and it’s amazing. It also takes so long.

These links directly to a very good initiative by a spanish writer that I came across recently, in this website http://novelaenconstruccion.com/ (sorry it is in spanish) the writer puts his thoughts, notes and activities regarding the work on a future novel. It’s a direct look to the backstage, to the cooking of the novel, to his worries, to this doubts and to all the necessary research he puts in to achieve a final goal. Beyond the fact that you like or not his novels, and beyond the fact that you might agree or not with his vision of what a novel should be, the website is great to illustrate this 10%theory, which is the only way to achieve something worth doing.

Going down the same road one starts to think how little we know about the people that surround us, how little they know about me. Even if you observe someone at work, or in any other environment, even if you ask them a lot of questions, even if you know the facts of their past, you barely know them, you know a 10% of them. Their opinions, their thoughts, their behaviors have been building up fo so long, you have to track so far back to really understand them. It would take hours and hours of deep conversation, to track down, the family past, their childhood fears. so on, so on…. So, is it worth going through that path with new people, isn’t it tiring haveing to explain what you do and why, having to train them in your look at things so they can work with you. I am finding very difficult to find people who to work with, it’s a very long and frustrating process and I am starting to give up on so many of them. I think that they have to come already with a similar understanding, the problem is that my/our understanding is so off track to the mainstream that the amount of people suitable is reduced to less than 1%. Result. ISOLATION.

It’s sunday 9.15 pm  and I am already frustrated, angry and tired just with the thought that  I have to be ready in the office at 8.00 am for a 9.30 meeting when F1 race starts at 10pm, dinner will be around midnight and I have only started to do things about 3 hours ago, because my days only start from 6 pm on. Furthermore there are some awesome matches at 4.00 am that I would like to watch and I am not going to be able to do it. So depressing. 2 months in this schedule and I really can’t do it.  It’s so difficult to make people understand how hard it is to do these morning things, it0s is who I am, I cannot and I don’t want to change it.

Have to figure out a way out if this.

Sunday brewing time. …. it’s taking too long sometimes.