once again, i find myself in the position of using most, if not all, of my 30+ years of architecture knowledge, talent, and experience to help my daughter and her family. it’s a uniquely rewarding opportunity. often times i have wondered if the primary purpose of my becoming an architect those many years ago was to help jessica overcome the abundant physical and built environment challenges she faces on a daily basis. i know, a bit strong on the fatalism, but….
now, there’s this little guy. his presence has expanded my thinking. he’s the next generation – the continuum. now, when i think of the future and what it might hold for our world, our society, our community, our environment, i find myself thinking a lot about his world. the world that louie will know long after my time has come and gone.
these days my wonderment includes “what have i done to help that world be better than the world i’ve known?” i may never know the answer. but, i’m hoping that my work on this project will provide a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment to support louie’s upbringing and development. maybe the energy savings designed into this house will help louie’s world be a little better? maybe the durability and energy-efficiencies of this house will save his parent’s money that can further louie’s education? maybe growing up in a house built in an established, sustainable neighborhood will provide louie with an improved world view as an adult?
who knows, maybe someday louie will thank his nonno for deciding to become an architect a long, long time ago?