Southern Live Oak tracks ongoing interests in public interest architecture, sustainability, integrated design-build, travel, and language.
This blog began in September 2007 to document my Design Corps fellowship at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi, Mississippi. The GCCDS provides design assistance to individuals and communities across the coast.
After Mississippi, this blog has captured time spent in southwest France as an English teaching assistant, in Guadeloupe as a carpenter and program leader for VISIONS, in Haiti as a project manager for the Building Goodness Foundation, and in New Orleans as a Master of Architecture candidate at Tulane University.
Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is an evergreen or nearly evergreen oak tree native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia to Louisiana and beyond. The majestic oaks that line the Gulf Coast have weathered many hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on the coast on August 29, 2005.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” –Robert A. Heinlein
“All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.” –American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Take a walk downtown, and dream with me
We’ll walk the parks and the empty streets
You know the seasons ought to be
Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat. –Carbon Leaf
Live oak photo credit: Mark Requidan.
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