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.