Welcome to “The City That Never Stops Growing.” Welcome to New York. An incredible, human-made world. How does the saying go? “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” It might also remind you of the lyrics of Alicia Keys’ song, The Empire State of Mind. Come on, you are free to hum along: “[…] concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.” And the latter hits the spot.
Big Dreams, Creations, and Graceful Growth
Aren’t we the masters of our own creations? We go through life and strive for more: bigger, better, faster. And while it is certainly a wonderful character trait to always try to be better, to create something that is larger than our own existence – physically, spiritually – we should not forget to, even in the-midst of the hustle and bustle of a busy urban hub, to pause and look up. Look up! We tend to forget what we as humans have already created. Why are we rushing?
New York City is – and this might be a strong, yet fitting word – epic. Pause for a second as you wander the vibrant streets and get sucked into the stream of people, the continuous flow of big dreams and individual aspirations. Stop and turn your gaze skyward. Don’t get dizzy. Isn’t it incredible what our human race has managed to create, to actually build? Let’s pat ourselves on the shoulder for a second.
All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. – Frank Lloyd Wright
How gracefully the building reaches towards the sky, ultimately symbolizing that with its construction, we have exceeded our own capabilities and realized we can do so much more – collectively. We are all integral parts of the big cities, but only as a collective can we create beautiful skyscrapers like these that form the gorgeous face of the New York skyline.
This city is ever-evolving. Its people are its fundament. Through its evolution, its residents advance. It’s a gradual, graceful growth of a city and its people that will not stop to create themselves and, ultimately, their environment. Isn’t architecture a fascinating thing?
Tiny Parts in Our Own, Human-Made World
Isn’t it ironic to think that we as humans are the creators of this big world? The world that we live in. A place that, all too often – especially big cities – make us feel small. Just let it sink in: We feel like tiny parts in a place that we have brought to life with various sky-high projects. Interesting. Shouldn’t we feel our own superpowers, though, when marveling at the skyrocketing buildings, here in the Big Apple? Sometimes it seems we cannot understand ourselves what we have the ability to create. But it is right before us. We just might have to adjust our perspectives slightly to fully comprehend that.
New York shows us that we have the ability to exceed our own expectations. We realize just how easily we can build things from the ground up – literally. Even though we are still bowing to a nature that is unpredictable, hence, superior, we have managed to control a great part of our existence. And architectural creations are the prime example. It’s not just the creative thought, but specifically the construction process itself that breathes life into an idea that had initially sprung into the architect’s mind.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
We think. Create. Build. Invent more. It’s a continuous cycle. The image shows so wonderfully that we cannot keep our heads down. In fact, we need to look up and appreciate what humankind is capable of creating. And it’s not stopping here. Technology advances. There is more innovation. People from all walks of life come together, particularly in big urban hubs like New York City, and mix their brilliant ideas. This, then, leads to architectural creations that, seen from different angles, resemble works of art. Architecture is, in fact, a form of art.
Especially here in New York City, we are reminded to reach high, to try to touch the sky. In other words: to never stop evolving and to never stop creating – our very own selves, as well as the world around us. Because it is our home. Thus, we are the creators of it. But be reminded, only together can we achieve greatness and build something bigger than our physical beings.