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March 25, 2008

Structured Influence

The built environment has an enormous imapct on who people are and who we grow to be. The areas of the world have very different climates contributing to very different solutions to discomforts and respnoses to comforts.
The built environment has inspired me to pursue an education to become a builder and designer of the environment around me. When i come across a structure that inspires me and makes me feel a certain way, i want to learn whatit is about the structure that presents that feeling, so that i can create something incorporating some element which envokes a feeling i want to portray. Also, i can be inspired to learn what makes a sturcture have an undesirable feel. Through that knowledge i can learn to remove that element to prevent the structure from having that feel.
As i have come across structure through my life i have noticed that what inspires me the most are venues. What inspires me about these structes is often the size. How something can be very massive and work in way to bring entertainment and knowledge into the public and present it in a way that draws 20,000+ people to gather in one place. Not only this but look as entertaining on the outside as the events which take place on the inside.

March 3, 2008


If i was released form the constraints of school, there are many things i would do, many of which would probably not do anything positive for the environment, but nothing negative either, which may be a positive thing i guess.


Having no school constraints i would bike to duluth and around the munger trail area, specifically the boundary segment. Doing this would give me inspiration and ideas pertaining to the structure and outside in planning for any tyoe of building that someone may want to build in the st. croix valley. immersing myself in the wilderness and only moving through it on my own power would create an experience and hopeefully a better understanding of the environment i could potentially be dealing with.
I have active in biking my whole life, more intensley in mtb in the last 5 years. When making the grueling trip up the moutain, it gives me a much greater appreciation for the power and strength associated with the land forms. Once at the top the descent is like a puzzle much like building something, you have make decisions and judgments based on what is in front of you, some you can see coming and prepare for so when the tree line or ridge comes your prepared with a route around it. many times, there are things that can be seen and judgments need to be made quickley but carefully because going off the bike over the front tire only feels good the first couple times, after that it just sucks.