"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."
-Simone Weil
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
-Oscar Wilde
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-R Buckminster Fuller
"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
-Henry Miller
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
"I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
-Gaston Bachelard
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
-Kurt Vonnegut
"The future is already here––it's just not evenly distributed"
-William Gibson
"Happiness is not about more––it's about less"
-Anthony Douglas Williams
"We've multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life."
-George Carlin
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness."
-Tom Waits
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
-Edgar Degas
"In most large houses, the table furniture, the
cooking materials and utensils, the sink, and the eating-room, are at such distances apart, that half the time and strength is employed in walking back and forth to collect and return the articles used. "
-Catharine Beecher
"Une maison est une machine-à-habiter."
-Le Corbusier

I recently spent a week in Mexico City teaching on behalf of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I was there to provide some professional practices resources for students graduating in design and other creative fields–especially those who may end up freelancing or starting their own small agencies and firms–who are in danger of lacking the life skills to negotiate sound contracts and avoid, you know, working themselves into an early grave. It was an outstanding experience–there’s so much raw talent and creative enthusiasm erupting all over Mexico these days that I find it to be an almost illegal dose of inspiration to glean the lifeforce off of these unsuspecting youth.

The other energy I was imbibing was plugging straight into the absolutely teeming metropolis of DF itself. It’s an incredibly dynamic city and a wonderful place to be stuck looking for a meal. It’s also a poetic and magical city for supercharged wandering and walking the streets with only vague destinations is one of my favorite activities. While there, I was on the lookout for what I think of as “upturned urban infrastructure as accidental architectural maquette” examples.

And I found plenty.

I love the gift of form and shape that comes from accidents rather than an intentional design process and I hope we can be open to this kind of continuous inspiration and suggestion here at Extraordinary Structures.

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