arts & compassion : week four

. . . c r e a t i v e  p r a c t i c e . . .

For this week’s creative practice, we were to use the well-known idea behind Humans of New York as inspiration for an interview and photo of a human subject.

I chose Elisabeth, a family member of mine; a cousin. Our dads are brothers.

After hosting her four day visit in sunny San Diego this week,

I decided she would be the perfect focus for this creative practice.

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Elisabeth is a graduate of the architecture program at the University of Florida.

I have known her her entire life and consider her one of my best friends that I’m fortunate enough to share blood with.

Although we grew up together, there is a lot about her that still remains unknown to me. This includes what her beliefs are on the topic of compassion.

Being that she works for an architecture firm in New York City and recently received her certification for green building. I asked her about her ideas behind her motivations and passions about green building and what that means in regards to having compassion for a present problem in the housing design industry.

This is Elisabeth:

img_3074This is what she had to say:

“Six years ago, I moved to New York. Today, I’m running late for work because I just flew in from my ten-day trip around the US. From New York City to Portland, Portland to Los Angeles, driving to San Diego, San Diego to West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach to New York City, I scouted potential locations that I could one day possibly call home. Although I am not ready to leave this fast-paced, in-your-face go-getter town of NYC, I am looking for areas that will better fit my passion of architecture and green building. As a career-driven single woman, I have ample time to decide where and when I will eventually relocate. I’d say most days I love this city; but other days, I seem to feel as though I’m stuck between a rock and an underdeveloped, but potential green space.

My definition of compassion is placing yourself in someone else’s shoes and trying to understand life from their perspective – it is showing in your actions and your words that you care for and support the life around you.

I have always been interested in the environment, both the natural and built, and how they could co-exist in harmony. I very much believe that we are responsible for the health of our planet and it pains me to see it treated poorly. A lot of current development is driven by financial profit as opposed to environmental or societal profit and but I also can see a shift in this trend as the green movement grows.
I think that green building relates to compassion because you are showing respect for your environment and the ecosystems that exist.”


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