We chose to move to Denver to come back to nature. Don’t count me crazy, Denver is still a major metropolitan area. But with one of the best park systems in the U.S. and 14,000 foot mountains in the shadows, Denver has reignited our burning desires to reclaim our connection with nature. That’s why we are here. And that’s why we chose to drive 2,500 miles across Southwest America to see the land that is between us and the Pacific Ocean. It’s the first exploration of many.
Many of us have let the wild environment fall into the rearview mirror. Maybe it’s because we are scared of our primitive heritage. Maybe we feel we are too civilized to be wild. Maybe, it’s because we think the built environment is our legacy to this world. As an architect, I can say we will continue, for the span of our existence, to create our environments only to realize how perfect the natural world was for us.
Nature is a place of reflection. It rustles up those primitive urges inside of us that the city has bottled up. It’s a place where you hear the wind long before it meets your face. It’s a place of release. It’s a place to see complete life cycles, miraculously, intertwined and supporting each other. It’s a place we will never be able to re-create, no matter how intellectual we become. It will always have a power over us.
And when you sit out there and reflect, you again feel how small you actually are. It is humbling and I just don’t know if I can ever trap myself in the detrimental urban environments we are currently enclosing ourselves in.
Americans have one of the most diverse landmasses in the world. We are blessed with immense amounts of natural land because we are such a young nation. We haven’t had the chance to bulldoze our way from coast to coast. Seeing nature helps me understand my profession better and ask myself the questions that will help me make the right decisions when I go to build our environment.
Explore Your America is my new mantra. As often and Katie and I can, we will go back into nature and explore this great land we are blessed to call home. We all must recognize the beauty of our nation and rediscover pride in our land. While governments are critical to protecting our rights to liberty and economies effect our building decisions - we must never forget our right to property. America is our property - and don’t let anyone forget it.
Explore Your America.