Zaha, Nostalgia, and the Newest "Lifetime"

In Memoriam: Zaha Hadid

2016, so far, has been a year that's been punctuated with the deaths of some beloved public figures, the most recent being the female Iranian-born, British architect Zaha Hadid. Say what you will about her designs (and to be honest, I didn't always like what she did), a strong characteristic of her work is that it always evoked a reaction from you, positive or negative, and she wouldn't care which one you'd settle on.

As for the woman herself, she was a formidable force of confidence, artistic genius, and passion, a unique being in the architecture community. That's all I'll say about Zaha - there are much better and more encompassing articles out there about her life and her work. If you've never heard of Zaha Hadid I encourage you to at least do a cursory Google image search and see the amazing structures she designed. 

The Nostalgia of Architecture

About a month ago I was furiously working on my submission for an architecture competition called the "Bangkok Artists Retreat". I loved my design, but couldn't properly show it off since out of the 2 weeks total I had to design EVERYTHING, I left myself less than 24 hours to get all the drawings and renders onto the digital presentation boards. (Rookie mistake, I know.) 

Needless to say, I didn't win. Alas. But, as I promised, here are some images of my design. And in the interest of keeping your interest (assuming you've somehow read this far), it's just a quick look at what it looks like. (I'm not going to show you my presentation boards either because that'd just be embarrassing.) If you really want to see the whole design, just ask me. 


Despite the amount of stress, little sleep, and the minor panic attack I had at the end, I enjoyed myself. The sense of nostalgia was strong and I still would enjoy being a part of that world, but I don't have the ceaseless, driving passion that really makes a great architect. 

I'm not the person I was then, and that leads me to my next, and final point. 

The Next "Lifetime"

Zaha knew what she wanted from the beginning and spent her life working on it. I, on the other hand, am still trying to figure that out. (See my first post.) 

There's a great Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic that I think of whenever I consider my future and how far I've come. It talks about how we have many "lifetimes" during the course of our life and you don't need to feel like you're required to pick ONE career path or passion in order to be successful. (Just read it - linked in the first sentence of this paragraph - it's quick and awesome, I promise.) 

It's been about 2 months since I've started this blog and I'm happy to say that I think I finally have some idea of where to take it. Along with a lot of planning, It's also going to require some reworking of the website. That means, while I start work on the changes, this website is going to be under construction/occasionally offline for a little while. 

Come May I hope to show you want I want to work on during my newest "lifetime." Till then!