Featured Response: Joe Mamayek, architect, Boston, MA

HWWLT Logo on yellowJoe Mamayek and I worked together in a large healthcare design firm in Boston. Like the American healthcare system, hospital design is complex and specialized. My focus was on clinical planning; making healthcare facilities that streamlined processes and accommodated medical technology. Joe embraced broader issues of context and connection. During a project’s conceptual phase, Joe created elaborative, evocative image boards, collages of visual ideas that reflected our client’s aspirations. When Joe sent me this response to ‘How will we live tomorrow?’ I asked him for images to accompany his words. As always, what he sent are beautiful and meaningful.

How will we live tomorrow?

Mtn Washinton_my daughter Siena the next generation 1“How will we live tomorrow is probably best answered after we address, How should we live.

mtn washington and the elementsI was involved in a recent bike event where the proceeds went towards the education of children with a focus on planet ecology. Quite a noble effort and in every way commendable, until one understands the details.



Apparently, the education will enable/allow children to ‘inherit the Earth.’ What struck me was this mindset that we have this right or privilege to ‘inherit the Earth,’ when in fact, we should be willing partners … authoring solutions for co-existence.

the result of NO PARTNERSHIP

Yes, having an ecological consciousness is key, but fundamentally, having the right attitude towards land value/ownership is essential.


Aldo Leopold was an environmentalist from my home state Wisconsin and I’ve found great wisdom in his writings through the years. Aldo developed a Land Ethic which reflects his belief that, “land is not a commodity to be possessed; rather, humans must have mutual respect for Earth in order not to destroy it.”

DISTORTED land value

Could men actually be stewards of land without having an economic mindset of property lines, fences and dollar values? If so, then Man, without distractions of economics, can be an equal partner with the planet. Perhaps a tipping point is needed to help influence How We Will/Should Live Tomorrow.”

mtn washington_the ROCK PILE


About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Featured Response: Joe Mamayek, architect, Boston, MA

  1. Gorman, Cleo says:

    I would like both of you to watch Wall-E, if you haven’t seen it already.
    Seriously, you should get it the next time you’re bunking alone in a hotel or the home of an absentee warmshowers host.
    It’s a children’s combined live/animation movie but a profoundly relevant film.
    I don’t know how to reach Joe, but please forward this suggestion to him, too.
    Loving your blogs still!
    Continued safe travels…


  2. paulefallon says:

    Saw Wall-e. Loved it! Such a great story and good vision of how we can be.


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