The US architectural symbol of democracy, Lincoln Memorial

Symbols are an evolving library of information that pulls us together into the same conversation. Many symbols go beyond religious and cultural markers that are recognized by all, while some need to be learned before they are used and understood.

The key ingredient in a symbol is meaning. Anything can be a symbol, if it has meaning and sufficient recognition or use, it will eventually make it into the library of symbols of a religion, nation, the western or the eastern world, or humanity.

Neoclassical architecture as it is present in North America and especially United States has been associated with many meanings out of which in the case of Lincoln Memorial is democracy.

Direct from Puerto Plata

In between the over 2500 meters above sea level mountains carved with mysterious caves and the wide span beaches quiet in the sun, up on the north shore of the Dominican lies a story of lifestyle incomprehensible to most western civilization.

Happy 2018, from all of us at Dochia!

With a new year comes a new start. We’re on to some positively exciting developments here at Dochia that will launch our Voice in the world of design beyond interiors. As a first step, we’re complementing this existing running blog with the Dochia News Feed that will strictly deal with the daily activities of the…

Edit, the DX exhibit

Some of the things that caught my eye. Sometimes it’s better to not read the description, to not be told what you really look at but rather make it up your own way. That should be today’s way to look at design. At a time of over-stimulation, challenging reality in your own personal way is…

Sibiu, Transylvania, Unesco – work in progress!

What a wonderful business trip it is when you visit a fantastic city, work with amazing people and eat lots of great food! That pretty much summarizes my recent trip to Sibiu, Romania. Our project there is shaping up quite nicely, here a sneak peek: the courtyard is getting there, probably last to be paved due…

Colour affection transference to Design

As a child, you must’ve come across the question ‘do you dream in colour?’. I remember when I was asked that and thought, ‘is there anything else but colour?’ In high school I was slowly infatuated with greens, then blues, then orange and many more. Years later I discovered white and then in architecture school,…

Condo lobbies II

I like keeping an eye on what designers think and what people respond to when it comes to transition-spaces. Those that we go thru and yet, seldom use for a long period of time. They tend to be presented, like an installation, a sculpture, or a room in a museum, their refinement and importance explained,…

The augmented reality and Pokemon Go

Virtual reality – we all know what it is by now. Its intersection with the real world has been pretty clear and controlled. Even in the three-dimensional version, you always had clear boundaries between the two. While augmented reality is not new conceptually, it’s been mass-introduced this summer thru the game that took over the…