I’m on the pursuit of happiness, and I know I’ll be fine once I get it
Everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold I’ll be good...
In the song Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) by Kid Cudi, he encrypted the message of those chasing momentary bliss and blindly seeking alternative happiness will ultimately result in nightmares... To the folks who are sleeping right now, you might be in eternal happiness at a beach, but that is only fading images created by your cognitive synapses. Here in the waking population, the worldly issues we are dealing with on a daily basis are (unfortunately) actual nightmares, solidifying the fact that the art of living is not to daydream, but rather, it is about unraveling nightmares until we find their beautiful, shining core. With the new semester starting, many of us do not have enough time to dream while sleeping anymore, so we found that it is fitting to choose DREAMSCAPES as a theme. Additionally, while we are awake, we are capable of making dreams come true, designing dreams, and creating our own fantastical universe. Are you still thinking about that trip you took to Barcelona while you are preparing for a presentation?
As a given, the content of this issue expands beyond the physical word, we first arrive at a concerning (yet exciting) topic of Architecture without Architects. Then we venture into the nostalgic commemoration for the Vietnam War through the journey of Tuyen’s favorite vegetable. From destruction we found broken dreams of Rotterdam city, with the changing demographic of dwellers, can the city keep up with housing demands? An essential part of this theme must include an actual analysis of a dream; Oliwia will take us through her dream whilst unhatching the components of a dreamed space. Staying in the autobiographical lane, we have Heesoo’s rendition of her own story of becoming the founder of a feminist religion called Leymusoom.
Departing from personal stories, we then arrive at the Metaverse; Saartje gives us a critical explanation of what is a metaverse, and the blurred lines between the virtual and the real world. Finally, we return to our real world, where we can all face our reality again through Emilie’s article on climate urgency. Each of our actions are shaping a certain type of future, but how do we position ourselves in the Anthropocene and what kind of future do we dream of?
Emphasizing on the plurality of the word dreamscapes, we see that while we are aware of our existence and capability, the possibility to dream and create is endless. Not only as a way to collect your conscious thoughts, but also to share the routes you can take while you are scoping around this collection of dreaming landscapes.