Travel, Death & Spatial Design
My new book is now available on Amazon in the US and in Australia. There is a story about how this book came to be written that I am happy to share. The title came to me in August 2019. Travel, Death & Spatial Design. I was surprised at the combination of words and the meaning behind them. I began writing in August/September 2019 and was distracted by a small project for almost a month, so I continued to write throughout my travels from October until December 2019, which took me across the Atlantic and through the Panama Canal, enriching the content and my thinking. I arrived home before Christmas 2019, and was completing the book as the pandemic hit in February 2020. Then I came to realise the importance of understanding the role of travel in our lives and of discussing how, as travellers, we occupy spaces, share and navigate public space and are sensitive to spatial design and Architecture. As the life of this book develops, I hope to share lively discussion with my readers about these topics.
What is the book Travel, Death & Spatial Design About?
This book is a 'Wander through a Thought' by a professional travel writer who chooses Travel and her love of Architecture over despair. Confronted with her brother's suicide, her own life threatening illness and her father's passing, she discovers that Travel & Architecture, inviting spaces & well-designed buildings, colour, line, form and pattern work together as an antidote to 'Big Picture Sense of Despair'. This is one woman's powerful formula for survival - a long ocean voyage, a meander through an ancient ruin, a cup of coffee in a luxurious interior, a picnic in the park or a walk in the soft hills of the Costa d'Almafi! You will learn to love it all because you are the experiencer; you become the traveller, the dreamer and the artist! This thoughtful book, much more than travel essay and memoir, educates the reader about the value of spatial sensitivity and its role in a changing world. This experienced writer will take you on a journey of description and metaphor to warm the heart and call home the soul: Venice in the summer; Florence at Easter; Casablanca on a warm day! Turn your life around with a little travel and copy and the power of your architectural imagination! Jessica Syme has included her delicate illustrations in this volume to accompany her story. At a time when hope is hidden in a changing world; and new ideas are needed to address that change, every chapter reaches for a kinder, more aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, well-designed, built and green environment.