So I'm in the middle of a busy couple of weeks. I was in Dallas on Tuesday, Lubbock on Thursday and next week will see me drive to Austin and fly again to Dallas. I don't normally travel this much, but things just happened to conflate in a most exhausting way.
Despite the inconveniences that often accompany any type of travel, there are things I really like about it. Without the distractions of the telephone and the internet, I find I can do some of my best thinking at 35,000 feet. I also enjoy seeing familiar cities from the air just as much as I did the first time I flew when I was 6 years old. Traveling to and from the airport on the ground can also occasionally provide a moment or two to see the world in a different way.
One of these moment occurred on Tuesday when I was at Dallas Love Field. I had just dropped off my rental car (which for the record was a fun if slightly effeminate Fiat) and was waiting for the shuttle to the airport gate when I noticed the blue of a nearby shade canopy just happened to match that of the sky. If the shuttle hadn't been running a few minutes late, I no doubt would have never noticed this subtle interaction between the built and natural environments.
So often as we rush through our lives we miss the small details that make our world such a remarkable place. I think one role of architecture is to slow us down and provide the space for that beauty to be recognized, acknowledged and appreciated.