Architects get their inspiration from many places. In my experience, our day to day life is spent with our attention focused on very pragmatic things: water proofing details, code compliance, worrying about your budget, dealing with building officials.
None of those things is the reason I, nor most of my fellow architects, became architects.
We became architects to design. In order to recharge and get inspiration, like most people, we need to get out of our normal routines and get away and see new things. Here are some of the new things I recently saw.
Note: all of the following photographs are copyright 2019 David Locicero.
It was a quick trip. With my interests in architecture, wine, and food, it was a terrific destination. We will be going back again. I liked the city more than Paris. It is a much smaller city of only about 250,000 people, but is very lively and young, with a flourishing city center, university, and high tech sector. But wine is still the main industry here.
I enjoyed very much the way the city is maintaining it’s historical character, but also not shying away from building modern buildings that are un-apologetically modern and contemporary. It is an expression of the French character and society: steeped in tradition, but completely modern.