August 1, 2018

Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch !

In it, I will explore the psychological concept of what I term radical honesty” inspired by Robert Nozick applied to social and cultural landscapes and resultant architecture. By that I mean using counterfactual system of knowledge not causul. Example of landscapes of segregation and hate that are self-reinforcing. Disruptive of an intuitive grasp of knowledge we assume is present. Otto Schlüter said that a landscahft” was defined by uniform, harmonius interrelationship of physical elements as distinct from what is observed. Economic, racial, psychological and political conditions, should be excluded from a study as ends in themselves, but define what we experience. Urlandschaft” and Kultarlandschaft”, the former refers to the landscape that existed before major changes due to human activity, and the latter a landscape created by the human culture. Schlüter’s latter is my frequent focus as I am deeply interested in the kultarlandschaft and how it determines physical form at scale.

This blog is anonymous to a degree - if you know me and I trust your discretion or are connected in academia then you have access. Other than that it is discoverable in certain circles of thought but not advertised nor discoverable by search engines. That underscores the inability in academia to be brutally truthful and share your thoughts candidly.

I am a post-graduate student pursuing research specifically how our subconscious can interact with a physical landscape, and our behavior is influenced. A secondary interest focuses on segregation, its meaning, how social and cultural landscapes form and differentation in architecture. What if (any) role sergregationists states/racially divided communities can be used / weaponized ( consciously or unconsciously) to modify behavior, reinforce settlement patterns and marginalize groups. Two specific areas of interest are studied, the Alabama black belt region ( race based ) and communities formed in Israel and the West Bank ( faith based ). My sketchbook echoes an approach taught to me by Sambo Mockbee while at Auburn. He told us that it needs to be an expression of your enthusiasm, curiosities and a way to ask yourself probing questions. Above all its an intersection of thought and vision.

I’m a firm believer in note taking, drawings with notes and using the ease of digital photography to document ideas additionally. Sketching, photographing and writing about is a path to increased visual literacy. Previously you had to choose between a traditional sketchbook of a blog. Now with integration into smartphones so one can type a blog post as easy as they would send a text message and use of specific cameras like the Fuji x pro I use the images can be seamlessly downloaded into my phone and blog post in moments.

Le Corbusier once said that cameras get in the way of seeing.“ I still think there is a lot of truth to that and great value in quick, detailed with notes, at times, unpolished or messy sketches that record something. Hopefully, on this blog, I can integrate the sketch and image with text.

It will be personal at times, as I ask questions ( unfiltered) based on my experiences and share those candidly along with photos of my dog and family. Basically anything I am curious about. For those that do not know me I am considered a normal middle aged 50, caucasian male, Jewish, secular background that come from a middle-class background. European then moved to states for college at the age of 16, deep fmaily ties to the rural south, that’s enough you get the picture. Currently I work as a alpine guide. Off-season I focus taking photos of landscapes I am studying and take on a few landscape architecture and planning projects.

Next:The End of summer