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Friday, July 26, 2013

Your Place


The rain has things a bit messy this morning. Rather than dodge the puddles, let’s delve into what seems like a fitting topic for this soggy Friday. First, there’s a detour up ahead before we get to the subject matter at hand. These words from Alexander McCall Smith reinforce that life’s roadmap, like our landscape should be what makes us happy. “Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy…” 

Segue into design. Let’s brake; there’s another detour up ahead. This excerpt comes from one of the archived posts written in August 2010. Regardless, if you are working in small or large spaces, clarity executed in proper sequence is the only way to complete a project. Mapping it out sets your destination. If your intention is to go for a joy ride, then the end goal may not matter. But if you are undertaking a project of any size, it is advisable to create a road map. You can leave some wiggle room for creativity and even possible detours but it is important to establish a solid framework for your project. Time invested in thoughtful planning pays huge dividends during the process.

This is where these two thoughts mesh. The master plan serves as the regular map, revealing the contour lines, serving as the solid framework before you delve in. It keeps the long road ahead reasonably clear. But what makes the design more precious is adding in the unique. It’s those details that aren’t cookie-cutter, yet levels of unpublished that make a landscape your private world and happy. It’s what makes it you, your city, your place.

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