This is the beginnings of an exploration. An exploration in the experiencing of built-scapes and landscapes. What is the attraction and draw to a particular space? It has been of great intrigue and interest to me as I have matured, both personally and professionally, as to why one is ‘called’ to a place…and once there, what qualities or lack thereof, keep one coming back or running for the closest exit? I have developed a keen and strong sensitivity to my environment and surroundings and thought it would be playful yet intellectually stimulating to ponder these connections. Sometimes it is as simple as walking into a restaurant, and although the atmosphere may be very pleasing, the specific table I am guided to just doesn’t feel quite right. Is the entry to a building unwelcoming and dark, or is the perfect balance of elements along with natural light beckoning me in? In each of these experiences what might attract one, might also repel another. I am not the first to find this an interesting subject, nor will I be the last! In describing his passion for expression, while in architecture school I read Rasmussen’s book titled Experiencing Architecture. He explains well, this desire to share, learn and express from our surroundings. He states that “If one wants to demonstrate the instrument of an art, it is not enough to explain the mechanics as a physicist would. One must, as it were, play a tune on it so that the hearer gets an idea of what it can do- and in such case is it possible to avoid putting emphasis and feeling into the performance?” (Rasmussen preface).
So whether you shoot from the hip on this one…going with your gut, or call upon the science of mathematical proportions in such theories as the golden spiral, sacred geometry or the study of Feng Shui, it will be my endeavor to look at it from any and all of these apsects with an open heart and mind. I will share what the space evokes within me, but also express the physical qualities therein and there out… in hopes that you too, may experience along with me. I encourage you to interact and participate in this study and see what we might come up with. I find this fascinating as I continue my practice in design and architecture allowing my curiosity to lead this exploration as I know it will broaden and enrich what I bring forward and how.
Every week I will embark upon a journey where I will feel my way through a space/setting using all of my senses. It will be an adventure through the diverse architectural and natural landscapes of Portland. The old phrase, “There is someone or something for everyone”, hhmmmmnnnnn
I will let you know what that means to me in one of the most eclectic, and ‘green’ cities in America.
All Photos by Lisa Stidd Silver