08 Aug 2017

9-11 — A Look Back

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The only constant in life is change. Every generation has a pardigm shifting event that forever changed lives and perception. For my grandparents, it was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. For my parents it was the MLK and JFK assassinations, and for my generation it was the 9-11 tragedy. These events didn’t define the generation. It’s how people responded to the event that defined the generation.

I don’t remember the day before 9-11 vividly because it was a day like so many before it. Sep 11, 2001 was a shock and every day for months after 9-11 was a slow-motion blur. But after 9-11, Americans transformed the shock into healing, just like they did after Pearl Harbor and the political assassinations. The primary spirit fueling the healing was unity. What I remember most [looking back] and will always remember is how Americans responded and recovered together. Neither race, religion, wealth or gender mattered. We were unified Americans helping Americans move forward.

Some readers may feel like unity is a commodity mired by current events because a sector of Americans may have temporarily forgotten what it feels like to band together and heal a nation.

Although it may not be as obvious, unity permeates everyday American life often in the smallest of gestures.

  • –the door held open for another shopper
  • –the seat relinquished for another traveler
  • –the errant trash collected from the curb and disposed of
  • –the anonymous meal purchased for the uniformed service member
  • –the secret Santa who paid off all lay-away toys

You don’t have to look back to past generations to see it. As long as humans occupy land, water or space the one constant will be change and it’s how we respond to the change that defines our generation and our future.

History is truth. Americans persevere, today, yesterday and throughout history.

Architalks Credits

This is another entry in Bob Borson’s blogging brain-child titled, “ArchiTalks”.

The #ArchiTalks goal is to inspire blogging architects with similar educational and professional requirements to opine on the same topic and simulpost their response so other architects and a broader audience can enjoy the rampant thought-diversity within the architecture profession

Select the links in “Architalks Entries” below to read how architects responded to the “Looking Back” topic.

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Architalks Entries

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Coming Home to Architecture

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
looking back i wonder

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Coming home as an architect

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
9-11 — A Look Back

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)

Michael Riscica AIA – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Homecoming & Looking Back

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Homecoming Memories

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Letter to a Younger Me

Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Looking Back…Was Architecture Worth It?

Kyu Young Kim – J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Homecoming, in 3 Parts

Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Just give me a reason : Homecoming

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Is It a Homecoming If You Never Left?

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)

Gabriela Baierle-Atwood – Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
My Ode to Fargo

Jane Vorbrodt – Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)
Looking Back Through the Pages

About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 32 years experience in design, construction observation and life.