What was Trending | January 12-18

Okay so missed the typical post day for this – but figured I’d post it anyways. Here’s what I saw trending the week of Jan 12-18!
It would be interesting if all buildings were required to be “built-in” to their surroundings
Go Green Roofs!


Anyone else thinking this looks a lot like all his other work? (Steven Holl + check out those renderings…)


Not sure about how realistic these are, but super dramatic images!


An interesting take on the shipping container house – I think this is the best one I’ve seen


Try out this geometric necklace 



Have a good week!

What’s Trending January 05-11

What’s Trending January 05-11

It was a fairly laid back week for me this week (at work anyways), just worked on doing some LEED documentation. It is exciting to get to participate in projects such as the one I am working on, which is going for LEED Gold as I am hugely encouraged by any project that tries to be more sustainable. Buildings are responsible for the highest amount of green house gases (yes, more than cars), so it is our responsibility as architects to help change that. I am also excited because it allows me to learn more about the process of LEED as I am looking to do my Green Associate exam, and then eventually my LEED AP.
So here is what I saw trending this week!
15 architecture projects to look forward to in 2015 (to be finished!)


I am a sucker for any sort of interesting landscape integration


This reminds me of a project we had to do in school (not to sure it works in real life?)


Interesting articles about running an architectural business


Free graphic 2015 calendar pages! To start your year off right


Here’s something fun you can make for your desk with a material a lot of Architecture Students already have!


 And look at this! A guide to current Architectural Trends! (As a whole)
trendsHave a great week!


Late night thoughts.

Watched Minority Report. On my drive home from my boyfriends I listened to a song I’ve never heard on ElectricArea, “We’re all We Need.”

Somehow randomly got to thinking about last Thanksgiving, where I had this really nice experience with my mom. We were the last to leave Kelowna, having cleaned up after all the company. We stopped at a roadside stop for a very late lunch. There was a nip to the air as there usually is in October. We found a picnic table by the edge of the lake, took out the thanksgiving leftovers. Ate turkey sandwiches with Brie, on cranberry sourdough bread. Ate pumpkin pie tarts with whipped cream for dessert. Laughed and just enjoyed the moment.

This Thanksgiving just didn’t seem quite as ‘magical’ but I just realized maybe that’s why it wasn’t. I was trying too hard to force the magic, trying to recreate a moment that cannot be recreated. It was so wonderful because that’s exactly what it was – a moment – a thoroughly enjoyed moment. We are often lost in the efforts of making everything perfect, preparing that perfect meal, making sure our guests have that perfect time, that we forget to actually just enjoy it.

As many have said before – live in the moment. A lofty goal to be sure. But a moment is small. It is infinite. It is focused. Focus on the present, enjoy the little things you do in a day. Do plan for your future but don’t expect it to be a linear and solid line, expect it to be made of pinpricks. A million pinpricks can fill the sky with light. If you can do that, you will have many memories, many moments, to recall as you travel your future, whatever that future may be.

Anyways. Late Night Ravings. Sometimes you just have to let things happen

(enter Tom Cruise).

Learning to be a #GIRLBOSS


So here it is my first book review! On many of the blogs I follow there was mention of #GIRLBOSS and I decided to investigate for myself. I can see now why the book is so popular! It was really great – particularly because I have been trying to figure out this whole working-forever business and the book was very motivational and inspiring (but not in a ‘self-help’ way).

For those of you that don’t know #GIRLBOSS is a book by Sophia Amoruso who is the head of a multi-million dollar company called Nasty Gal (online clothing store). Of course being a CEO/Creative Director she has many insights on how to run a business and be professional – but the best part about the book is how she describes her journey to becoming one of the largest online clothing stores. She has had quite the experiences in her life, but she isn’t looking for sympathy – in all her stories she has tied the important tips and lessons she has learned for all women out there.

I have picked out a few quotes that particularly resonated with me:

“…the everyday kind of magic that we make ourselves. And that’s not really magic at all. It’s just recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives. This is an extremely simple, totally straight forward concept, but for a lot of people, it’s so alien that it might as well be magic. Chances are you know someone who is really negative… these people are convinced that life is shit – and so it is… You get back what you put out so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back” – Pages 119-120

“Your challenge #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention. I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare. It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.” Pages 138-139

“Nasty Gal would have surely failed had it been my goal to grow a business to the size that I have today. When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way. The better approach is to tweak and grow, tweak and grow. I call it the incremental potential.” Page 181

“Life stops for no one, so keep moving. Stay awake and stay alive. There is no Autocorrect in life – think before texting the Universe. Breaking the rules for fun is too easy – the real challenge lies in perfecting the art of knowing which rules to accept and which to rewrite.”  Page 238

I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting out in the workforce, starting their own business, or just looking for general motivation (I would say that it is definitely more female oriented BUT I could see men enjoying her humour and learning quite a bit as well). Her style of writing is not condescending and she basically puts it out there for you to take it or leave it. Not once did I feel she was preaching, or promoting herself or her company (well okay maybe a little bit on the promoting but hard not to when you are telling the story ABOUT your company). Even the life-lessons stuff I had heard before from other people, sorta just clicked even more.

I am proud to say that I am determined now to become a #GIRLBOSS – and as you will see in the book that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a boss, you just have to be your own boss.