A small book series, Interview with Delicious Storm
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+ Comments A small book series, Interview with Delicious Storm - 2008-11-02 13:38:52

Preface

When I was a child, I was a daydreamer. I saw my world as logical, but others did not. People treated me like some kid from outer space. Now my thoughts now filtered through formal education and architectural training. I have become normal (relatively speaking). You might call two thirds of my ideas "off the wall" and one third "somewhat sane."

When I was in architecture school, I began seeing traces of my unorthodox, off-beat approach. I felt I was being limited, as methods of my studio professors left little room for self-exploration. Working with reputable architects seemed to mean compromising my personal style. I wanted to know what my style really was. I wanted to find my own direction as an architect.

Recently, I had a chance to start daydreaming again. While my family was away on a three-month vacation, ideas started shooting from my mouth again. My friends and colleague were not the most receptive, calling my ideas "nonsensical," as if I was making up pointless storied. But I think these "stories" challenge conventional ways of thinking. Maybe that's why my approach to architecture seems to so strange to them. While I had entered a number of competitions with good results, I wasn't sure I wanted to take my work in the direction of "nonsense." Unfortunately, using my "stories" as a springboard to developing ideas has often led to tension even my closest friends outside of my profession.

I have often wondered why I can talk about architecture with only a handful of people.

But a recent conversation with a friend helped me turn the corner. She made a point about my architectural work from an archeologist's point of view, through the concept of ideofunction (viz. the use of an object for ideological purpose; for example, wearing a special garment in a religious ceremony). Her take on my architectural approach was that "nonsense can be part of a new invention." The moment was an illumination.

That's why the following interview with was arrange in the form of "nonsense," to show you how my architectural persona, Delicious Storm, thinks. On the margins of the norm, these ideas may not be easy to understand. But, I believe that powerful new ideas can come from challenging commonly held beliefs about structure, composition and developing of ideas.

This will be my architectural signature.

Additional Info:
Amazon - Canada
National Library Of Australia