I attended a lecture by architect Moshe Safdie the other night. I have no formal knowledge of architecture, but I love admiring it. I admire the design and creative vision that goes into a structure that has a functional purpose. Safdie showed some of his building projects, including a mixed-use resort in Singapore and an art museum in Kansas, and walked us through the design process. He likes to incorporate nature into his design, which I greatly appreciate. He’s built into hills and within forested land. The environment around each building plays a role in his design, as does the building’s purpose (a school, museum, residence, etc.). Some projects of his that I know and enjoy are the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the Old Port in Montreal.

He ended the lecture with a poem he wrote and included at the end of one of his books. I liked it.

“Beauty”

He who seeks Truth
Shall find Beauty

He who seeks Beauty
Shall find Vanity

He who seeks Order
Shall find Gratification

He who seeks Gratification
Shall be Disappointed

He who considers himself as the servant of his fellow being
Shall find the joy of Self-Expression

He who seeks Self-Expression
Shall fall into the pit of Arrogance

Arrogance is incompatible with nature
Through the nature of the universe
and the nature of man
we shall seek Truth

If we seek Truth, we shall find Beauty