Freedom to Choose
I have to admit, this question was a tough one for me. "What would I do if I was completely released from the constraints of the "architecture school" program that would still have an impact on my environment?" Wow. Honestly, I haven't thought much about what I would do with my life if I wasn't in an organized school program. That has pretty much been my life for the past 15 years. Who knows, maybe I would do something completeley different from architecture. I've always been a big outdoors person, growing up the son of parents who love the Boundary Waters, the North Shore, and pretty much anything nature. I guess i have been influenced pretty deeply by my dad and my tree-hugger mom...(I'm just kidding mom, you're not that big of a tree-hugger). Maybe I would do something like working for the DNR, helping preserve our great environment for generations to come.
What else could I do to have an impact on my environment? Well I don't own my own car, I either walk, bike or ride mass transportation, so I guess that could be considered helping the environment.
What could I do architectually outside of a traditional architecture school? I have thought that an apprenticeship would be an interesting way of learning. I mean, it would be pretty cool to learn from a master of the trade. I think I could learn a lot from a person like that.
This is something that I would have to think about for a lot longer than a week. I mean, it took me a very long time to think of a major in college, who knows how long it would take for me to decide to do something completeley different than what I am doing right now.