I am proud to announce the publication of my new book Travel, Death & Spatial Design. This book is a culmination of thought from over a decade of Travel and writing and dealing with life circumstances. I have asked myself who am I writing for? What am I trying to say? Women often do not get a chance to tell the story of how they see it; how they see and experience the world. I have been fortunate in this regard to have tools at my disposal to express my way of seeing the world and responding to grief, illness, travel & change. It is never a matter of travel being disconnected from life; as travellers we have a life that ticks away alongside our travel experiences and is enhanced and tempered by them. Here is the gist of my thinking. If you love to read about personal story, travel memoir, people and place, and have ever lost a loved one and know you can heal, this is the memoir for you.
Travel can be transformative!
Spatial Design is everybody’s business!
Imagination is powerful!
Armchair travelling is liberating!
Imagining architecture can expand the mind and create new neural pathways!
Public space cannot be surrendered to commerce or defined for us!
Sense of place grows organically from people’s relationship to landscape, engagement with building shelter, births, deaths & time passing.
Community is about compassion and shared ritual.
Line, form, shape, pattern, colour & form are design elements that we can come to enjoy and play with.
Drawing is part of the ancient art of mark making and, as such, connects us to Self.
Art is essential to humanity.
Architecture is not solely the province of architects.
Grief and loss are part of the human story as are recovery, healing & hope.
A professional travel writer 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 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.
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