• Zen Mind, Material World

Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana

North Christian Church, Columbus Indiana. Eero Saarinen, designed 1961, completed 1964. This is the last building Eero Saarinen designed. Photos Travis Stansel, December 2017.

Adaptive Reuse: Saving Cities And Towns One New Company At A Time

Repost from Entrepreneur Magazine, reasons why adaptive reuse of older buildings makes more sense than new construction in so many ways, from economics to psychology. Takeaways: adaptive reuse generates more jobs than new construction; working a walking distance from home increases happiness on the same level as falling in love(!); and of course, the whole … Continue reading

San Francisco Zen Center, Summer 2017

In August I took photos at the San Francisco Zen Center for their web site and promotional materials. Here are two shots of the Buddha Hall, where most public lectures and Dharma talks take place, and the central courtyard. The building was originally a home for young Jewish women, built in the 1920s by the … Continue reading

Early Modernism in Columbus, Indiana

First Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana, 1942, by Eliel Saarinen, and Large Arch by sculptor Henry Moore, 1971.

Contemporary Butterfly-Roofed Meditation Hut

This contemporary meditation hut is located in Urbana, Illinois; it was designed by Jeffery Poss, AIA, who is also an architecture professor at the University of Illinois and a sculptor. Keep your head down and stay humble as you enter – the entire interior is only high enough for a seated or kneeling position.

Two Sides to the Meditation Story

Two articles that highlight the good and dark sides of the popularity of mindfulness meditation came out recently within a few weeks of each other. One is an interview with a Harvard Neuroscientist who found that meditation causes positive physical changes in the brain, including a “thickening” of the regions of the posterior cingulate and … Continue reading

Medieval Anatomy Book, University of Chicago

I haven’t been on here in a while. I thought this was a good photo to come back with.

nature photos, 2013

This is a compilation of nature photos I took this year, collected for Scientific American’s Compound Eye blog http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/12/28/show-us-your-best-science-nature-photos-of-2013/