our existence on this spinning blue sphere is changing at a pace never experienced in the history of mankind. in my own lifetime the world population has more than doubled – three billion to over six billion. my son notes we are well beyond the capacity of the earth to support us all (we passed that at four billion).
development, communication, and knowledge are dispersing and connecting the world epicenters of energy, changing our relationship to the landscape and culture. emerging is a new world network of supercities – a network of influence and shifting of power – to an age of open access to information and knowledge. repression, control and ignorance dissolve in the face of truth.
in a talk with jennifer james (the cultural anthropologist) we discussed the impact of some of these forces – the changing epicenters of energy, global tribes and brands, and the mapping of landscape in our ancestral dna. technology is changing our world, reconfiguring epicenters and the connections between them.
in the practice of architecture, only a few years ago, we were bound by the physical limitations of our hand and pencil on paper, manual two dimensional plotting, then printing and shipping physical drawings to a construction site. the work was mostly local, within the physical limits of communication.
today, our digital four dimensional drawings are sent to the other side of the planet in the blink of an eye (no plotting, printing, shipping). we have printers that build models and structures straight from our drawings. we can talk to anyone, anywhere, wrapping around the planet – 24 hours of daylight – in sychronicity with the sun.
today, the work spans many countries, and every day we experience the universal nature of connections, in the spirit of being human – and also the beauty in unique differences in the landscape, climate, cultural customs, traditions, art and craft, and the nuances of language.
understanding and insight gathered from our new connected world offers an opportunity to create places and experiences that are both universally resonant and memorable, and yet completely unique to the place and people in their communities.
one spinning sphere, one touch of a hand to another, one moment, in billions, together.