Thoughts from the West

Everything is going to be ok.

We never noticed the beauty because we were too busy trying to create it.


We never noticed the beauty because we were too busy trying to create it.

Depression does not always mean
Beautiful girls shattering at the wrists
A glorified, heroic battle for your sanity
Or mothers that never got the chance to say good-bye

Sometimes depression means
Not getting out of bed for three days
Because your feet refuse to believe
That they will not shatter upon impact with the floor

Sometimes depression means
That summoning the willpower
To go downstairs and do the laundry
Is the most impressive thing you accomplish that week

Sometimes depression means
Lying on the floor staring at the ceiling for hours
Because you cannot convince your body
That it is capable of movement

Sometimes depression means
Not being able to write for weeks
Because the only words you have to offer the world
Are trapped and drowning and I swear to God I’m trying

Sometimes depression means
That every single bone in your body aches
But you have to keep going through the motions
Because you are not allowed to call in to work depressed

Sometimes depression means
Ignoring every phone call for an entire month
Because yes, they have the right number
But you’re not the person they’re looking for, not anymore

—by “Alexandra” Tilton, NH (Teen Ink: November 2013 Issue)

(Source: capellinis, via takeinthesunsets)

I’ve been working on this thought. On the nebulous nature of our emotional lives vs. the firmly confined nature of our physical world. 

I see streets and sidewalks, windows and doors, tables and chairs. I ‘see’ physical space, but at the same time I ‘feel’ something else. I do not value these things, these objects and forms. They seem lifeless and hollow. Manipulated from their origins to help build this society, our civilization. 

I used to value this society, our capitalist empire, but given the events of the past 30 years (9/11, Great Recession, Rising Inequality) I’ve grown disillusioned with it. The whole thing just seems like a big circus, with rules that are made by those who are most rich, and rules that are changed by those who are most lucky.

I used to run in this race with all the other Carney’s, all of the pleasure seekers. I used to collect objects, and friends, experiences, photo’s of those experiences. But I’m noticing now that the consumption of these physical things has been no different than drinking sand. 

Quest my thirst it cannot, for sand it is, and water is what I seek.

I feel compelled to push through this time, and space, and connect with the emotions that are never ending, and don’t stop on a weekend, or when the Markets Close. I don’t want to see the next dimension of reality, I want to experience it when I’m alive. I wanna ‘be’ home, I don’t ever want to ‘go’ home, or fear what that implies. 


Hank Bought A Busy  |  Hank Butitta

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I also thought it was important to demonstrate the value of full scale iteration in architectural education. There are too many architecture students who don’t understand basic physical limitations of materials or how they can be joined. This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood. I think we need more making in architecture!”

This is the best April Fools Joke Ever. 

Someone called me a Monster at work last week. She said it was a compliment… 


Wohnhaus Pliscia 13, Enneberg by Pedevilla Architekten

The Mountains tend to remove us from the world – and yet bring us closer emotionally. The solitude, the calm and the proximity to nature de-sync our daily routines. It is this harmony that is one with the mountains, which was transferred to the architecture of the House Nr.13 Pliscia.

La Pedevilla is a modern refuge, high up in the Dolomites, which had been designed with a lot of sensitivity to its surround. Part of a small hamlet and part of a settlement consisting of only a few houses, does the vacation home attune with its traditional neighboring buildings. The dark forms with two gable roofs nestle along the hillside and build an ensemble in the characteristic “Paarhof”-construction method. The houses open up toward the valley where large windows retrieve and invite nature into the interior and offer breathtaking mountain panorama views.

Photography: Gustav Willeit

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