I’d rather be home with my family. There, what’s more to say?
Many people might say their favorite place is far away, an island get-a-way, a special place where they met, perhaps a restaurant or coffee shop. Some guys like to be outside, perhaps in the woods. For me this is simple; I like to be home.
If I might digress for just a moment. I love to travel with my family. New places and new experiences are something we look forward to each year. We tend to travel somewhere new each summer. Nevertheless, these memories are made with my family. Home is not home without my wife and my son.
Now, I’m not going to limit my definition of home to the four walls of my actual house, although I could. I am going to say I prefer to be near home in my hometown of Greensburg, PA. One might not find anything special about my area, but it’s all I know. Its home. With the exception of being away at college, I have lived here my whole life. Despite several houses and apartments, they’ve all been oddly within a very small area within the City of Greensburg. When we decided to build a house, we were fortunate to find a lot in the city.
Earlier this week I left a bi-weekly construction meeting and was headed to lunch nearby as I often do. It was earlier than usual, so I decided to head towards my office. I found I kept going until I came back into my home town. I guess I just preferred to be closer to my office, closer to home. I ate at a local place and headed back to the office. I prefer to frequent local haunts.
As an architect, this has profound meaning to me. My job is to create a place, create spaces that someone else will call home. It’s a tremendous responsibility to design someone’s home and architects strive to create special places that will allow our clients to create their own memories and hopefully develop a sense of attachment. It’s an awesome responsibility. I’d love for my clients to WANT to be home. I’m glad to have any part of that.
People need to feel connected, people need to be home. Dorothy was right.
Below are the favorite places of some of my friends. Please take time to read and interact with their posts today. #architalks
“Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture
Where Do You Like To Go When You Aren’t Working?“
“Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture
“Marica McKeel – Studio MM
Do You Have a Favorite Place?“
“Evan Troxel – Archispeak Podcast / TRXL
My Favorite Place“
“Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC
ArchiTalks meets #ThisOldHouse“
“Cormac Phalen – Cormac Phalen
“Andrew Hawkins, AIA – Hawkins Architecture, Inc.
My Favorite Placein the Wild“
“Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design
Making Space and the Favorite Place”
“Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect
“Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!“
“Michael Riscica – Young Architect
MIT Chapel – My Favorite Place“
“Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL
“Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect
“Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC
Favorite Place – Architalks 8“
“Jonathan Brown – Proto-Architecture
“Eric Wittman – intern[life]
my [first] favorite place“
“Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture
favorite place: #architalks 5th edition“