I have posted this before, but this photo is so beautiful - the true Timor Leste x
Hi Jonathan! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!
Yes, I’ve been busily finalising my thesis actually, so I will be back online in the next couple of weeks.
What sort of writing do you do? If you have any questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dili from end to end in 2 minutes. This video was designed to introduce you to the city of Dili, its composition, natural setting and scale. I hope you like it!
Most people I meet have a new fear—the fear of not being relevant, the fear of not making a difference, the fear of working on things that don’t really matter in the important times of transition we live in. We’re hungry to be part of making things better. We want to create, we want to do what we love again and find our voice. We sense intuitively that we have a critical role to play in shaping the future of our world. And yet, so many of us give in to excuses of not being good enough, young enough, smart enough, wealthy enough, creative enough. We still play small, still give in to the “victim” archetype. We still buy into what society’s beliefs are and put them right above our own.
But we don’t really have time for these fears. If I could create a vaccine, instead of the flu one, I’d create one against fear. It’s what holds us back, every one of us, in every area of our life. And, while we’re holding back, time just moves on faster than ever. We are at a critical time in the evolution of our planet, a time where each one of us is waking up. We feel it. Our intuition is growing more acute. Our inner microphone, as I like to call it, is getting harder and harder to turn off, so that we can’t just go along with our normal day. There’s a rise in consciousness where we feel more connected to others, a part of something bigger going on, where we each have a role to play. The most important thing isn’t to get the promotion, or stay in the marriage, or lose those 10 pounds. The most important thing is for us to remember who we are—why we are here—to do the inner work and find what are our “spiritual” reasons for being on the planet. Yes we do have something great to accomplish. Now. At any age. Wherever we are.” —
This is the “why” of my research… Broadly speaking anyway.
Ariane de Bonvoisin
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Thanks to john pilger for putting together a brilliant, informative doco on the struggles of Timor Leste. It’s a great film to introduce people to the history of Timor Leste.
ABSTRACT: This paper relates research from various disciplines including history, urban planning, architecture and sociology in order to develop a framework for design of the built environment in Dili and greater Timor-Leste, that responds to the unique physical development requirements of the city through also acknowledging, expressing and empowering local identities and traditions. From the arrival of the Portuguese in 1515 to their independence in 2002, urban development in Timor-Leste has reflected the cultural ideals of the occupying country in power. As a new republic, Timor-Leste is now in a position to create and implement new culturally reflective frameworks for urban development and design. This project identifies an opportunity to initiate and promote discussion of the cultural values and physical needs of the people of Dili, such that design practices and frameworks for understanding and delivering urban development are aligned with the unique cultural identity of the place and its people.