| The Essential Support Team
So, thesis has officially started. My advisors are in place, Ed Keller & Juan Azulay. And, my alter-ego has shown up to help keep things balanced. The plans are set. Bags are packed. Sword is sharpened.Theory
| How many rocks do you need?
What is theory good for? How does it help a married guy with three kids to father? Well... I see it as a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, I've been opened up to some beautiful texts and films, and on the other, I've been collecting some very heavy rocks--all of which do not belong in my backpack. Though, many of them can be used to build a foundation. Some I'll be able to pass on to others.Thesis + Theory
| OPB... Other People's Burden
Is thesis about being a maverick? Do we defend our liberties and take the flak while executing the orders of another? In my mind, thesis is about focusing your path, creating a link to a historical trajectory, and pushing a new idea(s) forward. It's about an incredible lightness of being--a deeper awareness of the layers of architectural discourse and locating your epiphanies on the egoless highway back to humanity."Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."
>>> Defense Secretary, Donald RumsfeldLightness
| Man with a Movie Camera
Without all these rocks in my backpack, gravity seems to change. The gravity of thesis. The gravity of my own aspirations and how the scale of our world is so large, yet so small. Reflections of where I've come from. And a much larger space for which to aspire. Backpack. Alone. Exploring. Mission control... how am I doing?*Ckckkkk.... a little to the left.*Agent 007
| Where there's a will...
There IS a way to "role" with the punches without being trapped in your own reality. It's called taking a risk, albeit calculated to a point. Graduate school, for me, has been about voyaging to the other side of the archi-world, through some enemy territory, a love affair, friendly hijinx, and turning my backpack into a powerful method of escapism. It's funny how the scale of personal development for one role of your life can be a drug while for another an elixir. Zeros and heros.
Knott's Berry Farm opens in 6.5 hours--almost time to switch roles.