Day 363: One.Three.14

Quaint DC

Quaint DC

Colorful DC

Colorful DC

Covered (in art) DC

Covered (in art) DC

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 356: Twelve.TwentySeven.13

These were actually captured on Christmas and yesterday, but thought they were worth the delayed share:

md street art

 

md street art

 

dc architecture

 

dc architecture

 

dc architecture

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 300: Eleven.One.13

Most people don’t understand why I like gray days. Not all the time, mind you. But the rain, ah the feeling of life kissing your cheeks as you raise your sights to the skies, there’s nothing else quite like it.

I particularly like taking city walking tours on overcast, stormy (not torrential downpour-like, but misty, hazy, slightly-soggy-like) days.

Some of my favorite travel memories (and photos) are the ones taken in the rain. Cuba. Montreal. Stinson Beach.

The light and the water make it possible to see details that might otherwise be missed. Weathered woodwork of an old door, rusting iron gates, even the multidimensional color palette of a city street tapestry.

I didn’t have time for a proper walking tour today, but snapped a few photos on my runnings around:

DC on a gray day

DC on a gray day

Union Kitchen Street Art

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 293: Ten.TwentyFive.13

I took a field trip to see a new design project. An exciting one, particularly for DC. It’s a new community space and outdoor park/garden on a very old and storied piece of property.

It was a failed field trip – I wasn’t allowed in.

Below are a few photos I took through the iron gate. They don’t really do the project justice.

But you can click HERE to learn more about Davis Brody Bond Architects, and see beautiful photos of the project from INSIDE the gate.

St. Elizabeth's East Gateway Pavilion

St. Elizabeth's East Gateway Pavilion

St. Elizabeth's East Gateway Pavilion

St. Elizabeth's East Gateway Pavilion

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 189: Seven.Thirteen.13

DC architecture – history – and a dog.

Turns out the McMillan Sand Filtration Site was the first water treatment center in Washington, DC. It’s now a registered historic site.

Turns out this dog is just too incredibly cute not to capture in photo.

McMillan Historic Site

McMillan Historic Site

McMillan Historic Site

DC Doggy

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 125: Five.Ten.13

I know I’m late on this trend, but I’m in love with shipping container architecture.

Fairgrounds, Washington, DC

Fairgrounds, Washington, DC

Fairgrounds, Washington, DC

Above photos of Fairgrounds.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 31: Two.Five.13

This is my time.

When I moved to Washington, DC after my freshman year in college, I used to ride the Metro to dance classes multiple times a week. One stretch of the ride was above street level, and passed through a rather deserted and depressing section of the city. These types of areas have always called to me, in every city I have spent time in – from San Francisco to Paris. The grittiness, the harshness, the creative use of materials and spaces when buildings and streets are no longer in their prime, have always captured my interest. There was one building I passed on the train that caught my eye in particular. It was a huge structure, obviously some sort of warehouse, abandoned years ago. The entire length of the rectangular building was encased in a domed roof. I could visualize the inside as the perfect open warehouse space. Without even understanding the importance of it, I remember saying to myself, “I am going to renovate that space someday.” At the time, I was still thinking I would pursue architecture as a career, but even then I imagined it as an arts space. Soon after, I moved and bought a car and put the building out of my mind.

Several years later, I found myself being recruited to manage a dance stage at a month-long visual and performing art event. My first visit to the site took me to the top floor, where the dance stage would be housed. The newly developed high-rise hadn’t been completed on the inside, so consisted only of floors and columns and concrete, with no interior walls or lighting or fixtures. This was the perfect recipe for creativity and I was immediately hooked. The building would be brimming with artwork, dance performances, music, food and drinks every day for an entire month. Each night slightly different, each night offering new possibilities. As I gazed out of the expanse of glass behind the stage, there it was… “my building!” It seemed to me a sign that I was supposed to be working and learning in that space, all the while keeping an eye on my future site. I was reinvigorated to work with these artists so that someday, I could make “my space” a reality. That was five years ago.

I went to visit “my building” again recently. This was the first time, remarkably, that I had walked around its perimeter. The area around it is going through major transitions. It’s being developed and gentrified, with pockets of neighborhoods that seem to be trying to hold onto their footing. The space itself is now being used as a parking garage, and has a for lease sign on it. I snapped the below photos and entertained the idea of calling the leasing office, but then thought better of it.

"My Building" Washington, DC

“My Building” Washington, DC

Life changes, priorities shift, dreams fade. Or not. Almost eleven years after my first sighting, I find myself ready to move back to DC and return to this very same dream, of renovating a building (“my building” preferably) and turning it into a creative community space. This dream just won’t go away. This time, I plan to listen.

So in a month I begin in earnest to get settled back into the city and arts community, work on my business planning and vision, and then set about to put together my small but mighty team that will be able to help make this dream a reality. I finally am beginning to understand I can’t do this alone and I’m ready to embrace that realization. I will be looking for innovative thinkers, entrepreneurs, socially conscious business-makers, and all around enthusiastic creatives. Know someone who fits the bill? Send ’em my way.

Here’s to another day of creativity…