When I think of a certain energy that a building, city, landscape, or anything pertaining to architecture might contain, or not even architecture for that matter; I think of the amount of thought was put into what ever it may be. Energy is described as how one would feel observing that certain structure, piece of art, or garden even. I know when I am to observe something for long enough, something that I find intriguing, there is an energy that sort of flows through me; puts me in this mental state of wonder, and excitement, so to speak. When something has an energy like this it speaks to you in a way that something of lesser interest wouldn't perhaps, leading you to inquire more, look farther into, search deeper. You know what I mean? Its almost indescribable to me. Its just a feeling that you get, whether it be feelings of joy, sorrow, disgust, pleasure, or confusion.
Flow, to me, is the way something comes together; the way everything is supposed to be. Although, in reality, nothing seems to flow per se, it just doesn't go together like its supposed to. When you look at something and your eyes can journey from one attribute to the next, that particular piece has that fluidity, that flow. Now when I say that, I guess I am referring to a painting. Not necessarily what I'm limiting my writing to, but thats the first thing that comes to mind. Take Picasso for instance, his abstract does not flow. Your eyes still have the tendency to journey throughout the whole painting, but they bounce around vs. following the curvature of the lines in a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe for instance. So when speaking in terms of architecture, modernity has taken a step back from expressing flow(in my opinion), and journeyed more toward the means of a new age. A new style, but yet never ceases to amaze me.
This world, due to the high demand of efficiency, prosperity, and need, is most definitely going through huge amounts of transformation. The fact that this world has encountered many upon many more technological advancements, scientific phenomenons, and of course healthy alternatives for virtually everything known to man, has indeed caused the transformation we have befriended today and tomorrow. Transformation is a well known vitality that pushes us farther and farther into the future. Although, the structures and even ruins that remain on site in different parts of the world are strong and still standing, for the most part; have lead us to bigger and better structure, ways of living, and of course energy and flow. Which in turn, are the stepping stones to a better outlook, much like the transformations we have learned from, as will the generations to come. Greater and greater minds will be constructed throughout this life, and soon will be the perfect life, well....once I go through MY transformation.