illustrating ideas for living a resilient coastal life.

David Brooke Robinson


April 8, 2021
“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.”

– Le Corbusier

Wow, that seems pretty harsh. Yet, this quote somehow resonates with me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a bit of an introvert, enjoying solitary moments at home or in the company of the good earth. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love being around people…talking, sharing ideas, being supportive of each other, or just plain old goofing off.

Yet, I can also feel super awkward in certain situations, you know when you get a look that says “what’s up with that guy?. Let’s face it there are times when…me talking, well it doesn’t always come off the way it’s intended. So, communicating with the spoken word requires quite a bit of work for me, while drawing and sketching is a whole different thing.

A modern lighthouse inspired design on a steep bayfront site.

Sketching comes much more naturally to me than verbal communication does. Drawings and sketches help to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings in a way that the spoken word does not. Sketching tells a story with imagery that doesn’t lie. The words don’t get in the way. It allows for deep thought. It is a way to help others “see” an idea in a clear and inspired way; in a way that you intend it to be; and in away that they can envision it to be.

Sketches often enlighten others to ideas that may have never been considered, or spark other ideas to build on. Sketching, drawings, and imagery are invaluable tools, when speaking the language of architecture and design. And it’s not limited to hand drawings. “Sketches” can be pictures, “mood boards”, physical models, computer-generated images, and objects too, so long as they can communicate an idea or evoke emotion.

Landscape sketch over a Lego massing model.

So it is with these things, sketches if you will, that draw plans to share ideas about architecture, design, and living a wonderful resilient life along the shore. And we hope to “draw” from your life experiences, dreams, and inspirations as well. What does it mean to you, to live a resilient life on whatever coastline you call home?