culture + architecture in dili, timor leste
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About: Hi, my name is Jessica Clare Graham and I am a Masters of Architecture student at QUT in Brisbane, Australia. This is my research journal which will serve as a record of my final year research project. I became HUGELY passionate about this area of research after a visit to Timor Leste in November 2010. During my visit I was lucky enough to meet many Timorese people in the cities of Dili and Baucau and the villages of Railako Kraik and Deleco, all of whom inspired me greatly. My interest is in how we can create a culturally empowering and expressive environment in the city of Dili now and into the future.

The people of Timor Leste have truly snatched my heart - I am proudly smitten with this beautiful country and its people! I am sharing this information publicly in the hopes that it may promote collaboration, discussion and further research, so I would love to hear from you if any of my work is of interest to you!

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)

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