Doug Keating

Inspiration 
 
The built form has, for my lifetime, been a source of tranquility, inspiration, joy, triumph, despair, and markers of memorable moments. To a degree, these forms have even entered into dreams and are again tossed about in the mind. The vocabulary of any particular architecture reaches far beyond the kit of parts that comprises the whole. Whether we are aware or simply passive about influence, each structure speaks volumes about, place, time, society, culture, fads, builders, designers, and most perceptibly, pragmatic needs. Architects bear the responsibility for these final products each day people experience these structures. As I pass through life I also pass through built forms on a daily basis, each with its own specific function and each achieving to various degrees a balance between aesthetic and function. It is the form that functions elegantly, speaks purely of materials, and warms the heart with nuance that is most inspirational. With volumes of brutalist architecture abounding, there are gems that evoke positive emotion though light, color, form, material and function. Though rare, these exist across the board and many are carried out without enough due recognition. Encountering elegantly executed details, landscapes, and buildings is an experience that surpasses art. To this end, it is unfortunate that these more amazing pieces do not bear the inscription or signature of the artist when, in fact, architecture, is art that can be experienced more holistically. To name a singular muse would far oversimplify the appreciation of whole works and specific detailed contributions to this author’s design ethic. It would be fair to say, however that, the purity and restraint of Mier, the warm geometries of Wright, the playfulness of Graves, the sculptural forms of Gaudi, and the structural genius of Gehry have each provided inspiration. It is unfortunate that the many structures and architects of such go unnamed here but to each, I tip my hat. These are the sources of genius that I welcome into my dreams and, in turn, owe my contribution to improving the built environment on my own terms and in my own time.

Douglas Keating

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