The Theory of Multiple Intelligences…

1. Linguistic Intelligence: the capacity to use language to express what’s on your mind and to understand other people. Any kind of writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or other person for whom language is an important stock in trade has great linguistic intelligence.

2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence: the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does.

3. Musical Rhythmic Intelligence: the capacity to think in music; to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them. People who have strong musical intelligence don’t just remember music easily, they can’t get it out of their minds, it’s so omnipresent.

4. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The most evident examples are people in athletics or the performing arts, particularly dancing or acting.

5. Spatial Intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind — the way a sailor or airplane pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences.

6. Naturalist Intelligence: the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. We are drawn to people who have a good understanding of themselves. They tend to know what they can and can’t do, and to know where to go if they need help.

8. Interpersonal Intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It’s an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians — anybody who deals with other people.

9. Existential Intelligence: the ability and proclivity to pose (and ponder) questions about life, death, and ultimate realities.

Howard Gardner‘s seminal Theory of Multiple Intelligences, originally published in 1983, which revolutionized psychology and education by offering a more dimensional conception of intelligence than the narrow measures traditional standardized tests had long applied.  (via arnaia)
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photograph by Paul Maffi


Dec 6, 2013

Lovely Buddha…

Lovely buddha…always brings a sense of serenity and integrity into a space…




Dec 5, 2013

Light and Bright…

…I am infatuated with floor to ceiling windows.  Even on a dreary day, your environment remains light and bright.  Pembrooke Gardens , in rainy London, by Michaelis Boyd suits my yearning…

images courtesy of Michaelis Boyd


Dec 5, 2013


…fiery-red stairs to help you turn up the heat on ‘hump day’…

Elvaston Place, London/Michaelis Boyd

thank you to Chantal at Meta Musings for the intro


Dec 4, 2013


…lemon zest, that is…enter this week with gusto…

Bibliothèque/Marie Claire Maison


Dec 2, 2013


…unlike the Emperor and his new clothes, these windows are looking mighty fine…


Nov 30, 2013


…dressed windows…interior and exterior…


Nov 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Day…


Nov 28, 2013

Moon Jelly…

…dreamy old world charm and contemporary design…Moon Jelly in Brooklyn by Evan Douglas…

images courtesy of evan douglis studio llc

Nov 27, 2013

Holiday Ready…

…cozy, fresh, and to-the-minute…just a touch of festive red sets the mood.  Introduced by the d pages…the computer generated worlds of  Juraj Talcik and Veronika Demovicova.


Nov 25, 2013

Light Up the Night…

…it’s Friday night…time to turn it on…

LEDscape, Lisbon, Portugal by LIKE Architects


Nov 22, 2013

Under the Moonlight…

…we’ve had the most beautiful full moon to enjoy the past couple of nights…no wonder I am drawn to the dramatic and generous Under the Moonlight House in Mount Hotham, Australia.  Vividly black metal, glass, and gables, are from the imagination of Giovanni D’Ambrosio

…goodnight moon…



Nov 19, 2013

Focus: Architectural Design Element…

Voila House, a contemporary home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, features a unique circular living room with sliding walls which can be arranged to create an outdoor space…one, two, three…voilà!  Fabian Tan Architect


Nov 17, 2013

A Breath of Fresh…

…(st)air…how refreshing!

Living staircase/Paul Cocksedge


Nov 16, 2013

Dream a Little Dream…

…as it gets colder in Chicago, I dream of having a warm climate respite.  Enter ÁBATON, one of my favorite architectural firms, located in Madrid.  ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80 series as a dwelling ideal for 2 people, easily transported by road, and ready to be placed almost anywhere.

The outside is covered with grey cement wood board…

The use of wood throughout the building not only adds calmness and balance but it is also hypoallergenic. The sourced wood comes from regulated forests…

The herd is optional…in my dream, I would have nubian goats…

Manufacturing time is 6-8 weeks.  Assembly time is a mere 24 hours…ÁBATON magic…

all images courtesy of ÁBATON

Nov 12, 2013