While the act of commuting often personifies the solitude of urban life, it is far too often that we find ourselves moving from place to place with little or no recognition of where we are or what we are doing.  Its essentially about waiting to be somewhere else--in transit--and there’s a disconnect.  While we’re waiting for something, we’re off in our thoughts.  We’re thinking about our past, our future...anything but the present moment, and we’re paying little attention to our surroundings.  The nameless and faceless become as familiar to us as our own reflection while we shuffle our bodies from place to place.

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Phenomenal Woman-- Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
Its in the reach of my arms,
the space of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
Its in the fire in my eyes,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much 
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they can't see.
I say,
Its in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Image 3 credit coming




As the trend of urban living becomes more and more popular, and with many of the world's major cities busting at the seams, we've become eager to find ways of developing a sense of community outside of our shoebox apartments. Here's few lovely examples of what I like to refer to as urban landscapes from all around the world. Enjoy!

Theoretical Theme :: SMPL Design

Südliche Lohmühleninsel :: Rehwaldt Landscape Architects

V.M. Houses :: BIG
LEDscape :: LIKEarchitects
Lisbon, Portugal




I'm finding it incredibly hard to post just another few pretty pictures today when there is so much turmoil happening and so many hearts breaking over the school girls that were abducted in Nigeria by terrorists. Do you remember what you were doing when you were 10? 12? 14? Probably not being forced into marriage by terrorists...

I'm wondering how the design community can come together to contribute in a meaningful way. We are talented, outside of the box thinkers and we are needed in times like these!
Bring back our girls!




Over the past few months, I have become mildly obsessed with two seemingly unrelated things-- the culture of regional cuisine and the art of collage. You might be asking yourself how these two art forms could possibly have any relation, so let me do my best to explain. See, both regional cuisine and collage rely on artist's(or chef's) ability to overcome the challenge of working with existing conditions. On the food side of things, if the cuisine is truly regional, one must rely on what the land is willing to provide. What is the weather like? The climate? What types of crops are supported by the ground? You can imagine how the list goes on. The chef selects specific ingredients, determines portions, and crafts a process to create a the final dish. Likewise, collage is about relationships and more often than not involves existing conditions. As seen in the images below, the artists were responsible for creating collages that were evocative of a certain mood, a certain style. The images were handcrafted by the artists who decided which regions to collage, the portions, the patterns 
to combine, etc. I guess its the habit of any designer to draw conclusions, make connections, and see possibilities that might otherwise get over looked. 

Soak in the world babes, its really quite the beautiful place :)

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