IDENTITY

I LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH IDENTITY. THE UNITED STATES IS INCREDIBLY YOUNG IN COMPARISON TO THE CULTURAL DEPTHS OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND I WANT TO USE INTERIOR SPACE AS A WAY TO TELL THE STORY OF OUR DIVERSE HERITAGE. WHEN A PERSON EXPERIENCES A SPACE THERE SHOULD BE NO PRETENSES. IT IS AN AMALGAMATION OF INFLUENCES ACROSS THE WORLD THAT EXEMPLIFY DIVERSITY AND UNITY. IT'S TIME WE FIND HOPE AMONGST THE HAZE AND BRING IT INTO THE LIGHT.  

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UPSIDE

SOMEONE TRIED TO TELL ME THEY DID noT BELIEVE THERE WAS ANYTHING ON THE OTHER SIDE. to the contrary, I believe there ARE FAR TOO MANY PHENOMENAS THAT EXIST IN THIS WORLD TO subscribe to AN ETERNAL NOTHINGNESS. PLANETARY ALIGNMENT. PAIN AND SUFFERING. OTHERWORLDLY PERFECTION IN GEOMETRY. POLARITY. AS LONG AS I HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE THOUGHT, I CHOOSE TO KEEP MY EYES AND HEART OPEN TO POSSIBILITY and reserve the NOTION of nothing for those who have given up. 

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ROAD TO AWE DB ARCHITECTURE 

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BEIRUT, LEBANON MY TINY ATLAS

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TERMAS DE TIBERO BY MONEO BROCK

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CAST-IN-PLACE CONCRETE HOME DWELL

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MILK + HONEY

YOU TELL ME TO QUIET DOWN CAUSE MY OPINIONS MAKE ME LESS BEAUTIFUL

BUT I WAS NOT MADE WITH A FIRE IN MY BELLY SO I COULD BE PUT OUT

I WAS NOT MADE WITH LIGHTNESS ON MY TONGUE SO I COULD BE EASY TO SWALLOW

I WAS MADE HEAVY

HALF BLADE AND HALF SILK

DIFFICULT TO FORGET AND NOT EASY FOR THE MIND TO FOLLOW

-RUPI KAUR

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MARATNEVA VIA IGNANT

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GLACIER RIVERS IN ICELAND VIA TINY ATLAS

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PHEROMONE HOTBOX BY AMANDA CHARCHIAN

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MENDENHALL GLACIER VIA TINY ATLAS 

CENTERED

LATELY I'VE BEEN FOCUSING INTENTLY ON THE HEARTH OF THE HOME. I'M IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO NAVIGATE SALVAGING A 100+ YEAR OLD BRICK FIREPLACE IN CHARLESTON, SC, AND HAVE BEEN CORRELATING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FIREPLACE TO RECENT POLITICAL EVENTS. WHEN THE WORLD IS TURMOIL WE HAVE TO REMEMBER TO FIND OUR CENTER AND BREATHE. CREATE AN INNER HEARTH. THESE SPACES EXEMPLIFY A RAW HISTORY PROJECTED FORWARD INTO MODERNITY, ULTIMATELY CREATING A PLACE OF UNITY AND UNDERSTANDING. 

EARTH

STONES POSSESS AN INHERENT ENERGY THAT HAVE THE POWER TO GROUND AND RECONNECT US TO THE EARTH. I'M DRAWN TO WATERFALL COUNTERTOPS AND INFINITY STONE BACKSPLASHES AT THE MOMENT, ESPECIALLY THE LOW MAINTENANCE ASPECT THAT STEMS FROM MINIMAL GROUT LINES. BY INCORPORATING NATURAL STONE SLABS, A MOTION EFFECT IS ACHIEVED WITH VEINING AS WELL AS HIGH IMPACT THROUGH SHEER SCALE. 

HAMPTON PENTHOUSE VIA LEIBAL 

INFINITY ISLAND 

WS WORKSHOP VIA APARTMENT THERAPY 

ELEVATE

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS I'VE HAD REOCCURRING DREAMS ABOUT STEPS. THEY NEVER HAVE RAILINGS, THEY FLOAT IN WHAT FEELS LIKE ANOTHER DIMENSION WITH NO GROUND, AND I KEEP CLIMBING WITHOUT EVER LOOKING DOWN. I'VE DEVELOPED A FASCINATION WITH STAIRS AND BELIEVE EACH TREAD to be A STEPPING STONE LEADING TO AN ELEVATED STATE OF BEING. 

BETSY BURNHAM VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

HOUSE ON STILTS VIA NOT A PAPER HOUSE

STEEL RAILING DETAIL

ALCHEMY FOR THE EQUINOX

AS VENUS STEERS CLOSER TO THE EARTH AND WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE SPRING EQUINOX, I'M MORE THAN EVER FOCUSING MY INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ENERGY IN MY SANCTUARY; MY KITCHEN. I'VE BEEN OBSESSIVELY RESEARCHING THE ALCHEMY BEHIND PLANT BASED FOODS AS A MEANS OF HEALING AND ILLUMINATING ONESELF NATURALLY. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS TO CONSUMING NUTRIENT DENSE GREENS, SEEDS, NUTS, AND LEGUMES IS FASCINATING, AND I'M FEELING COMPLETELY INSPIRED TO REFLECT THEIR TONES AND TEXTURES INTO THE SPACE THAT TRANSFORMS THEM.