Sep '06 - Dec '09
Is it just me or it is hard to keep the focus and energy in design projects immediately after midterm? It has happened to me in almost every single studio I have ever had. I don't know if it is tiredness, I don't know if it is boredom, but whoa I am having a bad case of the design slumps. Any remedies out there?
What I am beginning to do to combat the slump:
My jury said, and I tend to agree, that I need to engage the program head on. So now I am knee deep re-programming a building and site which are as much a lab and studio as the spaces within it. To charge that I am giving my peeps inside specific jobs. So far I have decided that the scientists are there to study new energies (solar, wind, bio-mass) and the artists are there to explore phenomena (think land art and James Turrell). I am adding a retail component to serve the local public that in itself would be places for big retailers (I'm thinking walmart), with the help of the scientists and artists, to experiment with ways to truly "green" their business. I hope that these ideas start informing what right now feels to me to be a slightly stale project. Am I doing a bad job concealing the treehugger within me? Either way I don't have too much time to get going as plans, sections, etc.. are calling. Please feel free to send me suggestions and to tell you the truth the crazier the better.
When in doubt, collage.