Sunday, June 24, 2012


my web site

Projects connected with A Sighting Device like books for instance can be found on my website,

Monday, January 19, 2009

An overhead view of A Sighting Device in motion.

This view of A Sighting Device was created by my design collaborator Craig Christensen. In my opinion he does an excellent job of capturing the spirit behind the device's creation.

Funding A Sighting Device

What about the funding for A Sighting Device? At this point we see it as privately funded-that is-this is not about a non-profit group or foundation of any sort though they may chose to contribute funding. We'd like to see variations on A Sighting Device span the globe, creating a network of structures to visit-all made possible by the individual commitment of the various locales they would be built in.

As we'd expect local customs, attitudes, building materials, labor and abilities to raise funds-among other things-to vary by the area it's harder to give a hard and fast number. Ideally a structure like this is seen being built for between $100,000-$200,000 after the land for it is secured.

"volunteer" labor is welcomed. By this is meant something that echos the behavior of those who helped build the great cathedrals of Europe-though this labor is done in the context of a secular society.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

In Istanbul: something to emulate

Istanbul mosques-many of them dating back to the 15Th century-are maintained as if they were built yesterday. They are active-people praying, people visiting demanding a whole culture involved with preserving them. You can tell how reverential the attachment to their upkeep is.

The Istanbul example serves as inspiration for the Shrine Keeper's post-someone with a stipend who oversees the upkeep of A Sighting Device. Part and parcel of building one, is the providing for the Shrine Keeper's position.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Initial Thoughts

This blog is used to continue shaping this idea of A Sighting Device. It's been some 16 years since I first made the three plaster models illustrating some basic approaches. Now with the experience I've gained overseeing various retail store design projects I feel like it's time to begin bringing this project into focus.

Basic defnition : A Sighting Device is a vessel using architectural elements to frame and define parameters for a particular kind of space resulting from the interaction of the design and inner landscape of participants.