New Idea for Posts
(Me, Space, Time, and Architecture)
Given my age, I suppose it is natural to look back more than forward. Forward seems to have a shorter shelf life. I should tell you I am nearing the octogenarian stage of life.
With my career choice and education in architecture, I moved quickly into construction and development. Construction projects required an early morning alarm. Usually 5am. Now in retirement early to bed and early to rise means bed around 8pm and getting up around 4 or 5am. This allows me to tell people I get up at the same time now as when I worked. There is a lot less stress in those early hours. I no longer worry if cocreate trucks are going to show up. Finding that first cup of coffee at 4am while waiting for the sun to rise leaves plenty of time to think and reflect on life.
Therein lies the impetus to reenergize this blog. Over a 4am coffee, I began to think of books I had read as an architectural student. Out of nowhere which is how the brain works at my age came Space, Time, and Architecture by Sigfried Giedion. Ah! I said I can write a book defining life in terms of architecture. I thought I could define the socio-economic and political impacts on architecture and the effects the built environment has on its occupants.
I have always been interested in technology. Given my age, it may be hard to believe but I began my research on google, not at the public library. I wanted to start in the 1940s, I was born in 1944. I also wanted to start with the architecture of my childhood. So my first search was a history of Hoboken, NJ, and the development of the tenement apartment. I found Hoboken's history has been very well documented and presented in a book published by the Hoboken Historical Museum. The following information is paraphrased from that book. "Since 1932 the city has made notable strides in the manufacturing field. In the 1940 census, there were twenty schools with an enrollment of 12,322. One college (Stevens Institute of Technology). Twenty-six churches. One free public library. One hospital. The population was 49,833."
|page 20 Hoboken Historical Museum "Industrial progress makes forward strides"
|This was the plan we lived in on Willow Ave. in the late 40s and early 50s
The above floor plan is an example of the home where I formed my first memories.
|Willow Ave also preserved became my home of first memories