Friday, April 13, 2012

Question Of the Day [QOTD]: Why Did I Start My Blog?

Picture taken from Empire State Building
Spring 2010
New York, NY

I started my blog in 2009 when I had recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia during my 5th year of college in San Luis Obispo. Alexandria, known as The WAAC (Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center/Consortium), is an off-campus program that is an extension of Virginia Tech's Architecture program, where a handful of faculty and students from all over the world come together and pretend like they are teaching and learning, respectively (more on this in a later post).

Back to why I started my blog: My classmate introduced me to Blogger. He described it as an "online journal" where he wrote his project statements (these are a crucial thing for architects, which I will explain later), or simply wrote down his thoughts. "You can opt to publish it, or keep it private," he said about each post (and I'm paraphrasing). It sounded like a great tool to keep your thoughts in order without the fear of losing them - it almost replaced the need for a sketchbook - almost. So there I was in a strange, new city, on the other side of the country, for the first time in my life, and the idea of keeping an online journal with my thoughts and projects sounded phenomenal. So what was I gonna call it? It didn't take me long for "On Life and Architecture" to pop into my head. For obvious reasons "Architecture" is in the title. I was, after all, an Architecture Student, participating in the most looked-forward-to event of my Architectural studies: your year "Abroad." So, Life. Why Life? Well, that seemed obvious to me as well. Life Happens. It always does - the one thing you cannot control is Life. "The only constant is change," blah, blah, so on and so forth. I just put two and two together and left it at that, without thinking much of it. Little did I know how that year in Alexandria would prove to me how much life just happens. It solidified my relationship with my blog, but I didn't know it yet.

I may have started my blog in 2009, and by that I mean I posted a few "thoughts" and gave it its title. I also posted two of my projects that I worked on while studying at The WAAC. But that was it. It was left mostly neglected even until recently. I haven't shown much TLC to my "Bloggerino" (as Kandee Johnson says. She is a makeup artist with her own blog and you can find her at Kandeej.com) - until today! This marks the day - and post - of my soon-to-be-remodeled blog!

In short, after getting through The WAAC program, making it back home to California, starting my 6th - and final - year in Architecture school, finishing my thesis project, moving to Santa Monica, CA, and after almost a year since graduating with my BARCH, still remaining JOBLESS, I got some questions on my mind. There are numerous things I want to explore, questions I want to ask and attempt to answer, both to help find closure, as well as to grow as an individual and as a Designer and Artist. This will be my space to explore and take a hard look in that mirror. But I also want this to be a place of creativity. I want to talk about what inspires me, I want to discuss Theories, Philosophies, Design, Art, Architecture, Fashion, Cities, Society and Life. I believe Architecture encompasses all things and Life is what fuels it all. So here is: to Life and Architecture! Cheers!

-Perla

Picture courtesy of the Internet

2 comments:

  1. Some strange things inspire you my friend. I mean, those topics have some weighty depth!

    Hmmmm, if we're delving in to the places that make up an architects mind a crash helmet, first aid kit and flares might be a good things to stock up on...

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  2. LOVE this photo, its so fantasy!!


    Aya of Strawberry Koi

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