Big Picture

Gina, Intergalactic Real Estate AgentAnd as we continue within space and land upon ever distant outcrops of time, we will find more questions to intrigue us and more ‘unknowns’ to involve our time. During this time we will gain much and be entertained by our own discoveries.

This self perpetuating race to go further will take us to the horizons we set but whilst we seek such distractions, all the answers will remain, close to hand.

It is difficult to realise that we all hold evidence of everything. I exist, therefore I am the result of that which existed before me but as none of us can track down our family tree to a point before records began, we make up the ‘past’ to fit the present.

The Big Picture can seem so big that its edges are beyond us, yet many still to this day, like to imagine that they know a frame surrounds the edges of this picture. Some go so far as to describe the frame and some go further to define the picture framer. These people and their supporters are very wise in the eyes of those who see speculation as fact.

Today’s artists and authors work to share their understandings, yet despite being ‘of the now’, we still witness more than one version of most present occurences. At a time when fewer could write and paint, it was easier to be the biggest fish in a small pond. A ‘Google’ search in 2000 BC for those who were able to write what they witnessed would come up with only a few names and it is to the credit of these few that we are able to read anything about their times. But the further we go back in history, the less we know – the further we project what might be into the future, the less accurate we ‘may’ become.

Here we sit in a small window of being, uncertain as to whether linear or looped time rules because we lack the full text instructions for history, and our ancestors didn’t keep the original packaging we came in.

But if I could regress myself a few billion years I would understand my seed part in the making of this ‘result’.

Those who look ahead and behind along a linear track, are overlooking themselves and the answers they carry forward within them each day. Everything is the sum total, so all the answers are here as I type these words to you. Would it help to know what part of the primeval ooze you swam in or who was your earliest ancestor off record? Enjoy the mystery whilst it lasts!

Today, we all have the potential, to step another step and forge another tomorrow. Your life counts as you do, because you paint more of the big picture. If that picture holds together as one effective canvas that allows for the additions of tommorrow’s people, you are a good painter and a good friend to all and I, for one, thank you.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Posted by : Grant
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“Hello it’s Gina” reproduced by kind permission of Little People Books

The Growth of Feng-Shui

Birmingham Skyline PaintingI’ve lived in three cities and they have all been far richer, more wild, more wacky, and more challenging than any that I, or other designer could single-handedly design. They are however, what we are, built up in fragments by individual thought and action – just like the HoBB.

I illustrate one city (above) that has followed very concrete proposals in its past, both politically and economically. The reason it continues to grow and modify itself, is because of its spirit. You can feel the spirit of a city which can be likened to the spirit of a person – brimming with vitality and eager to forge a place in the World.

Cities can grow beyond imagination, especially with unchecked population growth, and as they expand so does the repetitive urban sprawl. It is this extended layering that I find very spiritless as each city merges with its neighbour turning villages into districts.

I have also lived in three country locations enriched by nature and managed by care takers. All three, being clear of industrial farming, grew organically around rural farming communities.

Planning policies, better communications and road improvements all go to support the evolution of villages into towns, but with all the efforts put into design and planning we still get places that all look very similar. The people I meet however, love places to be very different and individual so are planners and designers listening? In my book, the role of designers and planners is to listen, work towards the needs of the present day but with a practical eye on the best future.

The best future is a balanced future and we must stop western thinking from losing the plot. Here in the west we usually treat nature as a ‘raw material’ and refer to it as such in our writings. We must however heed the main point to the ancient wisdom of Feng-Shui (wind and water), and this does not mean that I am suggesting you rush out to buy a coloured object to put in a particular room corner to enhance your love life!

If you look behind the ritual of Feng Shui you find an understanding that must be applied. We are part of nature so we cannot disrupt the ecological balance of nature without it back firing in our face. The ‘balance of nature’ needs to be maintained as much by us as by earthworms. Our humans workings can continue to live on, only if we restore, preserve and maintain balance.

This ‘balance’ is not a static balance. As we design and plan more habitats with ever new technologies at our disposal, the challenge is to find new balance points. The shame of tomorrow would be to neglect it and deprive its citizens of their future through our greed for our present.

At the HoBB we keep exploring the best ways to enjoy building today for tomorrow.

Forward ~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant