✱ Lake Powell / by Evan Troxel

Welcome to ArchiTalks 20. What is ArchiTalks, you ask? For those of you who don't know, it's a group of architects all posting their interpretation of the same topic at the same time to their blogs. You can read theirs by following the links at the bottom of this page.

The theme of this month's ArchiTalks is "summer," and as far as being an architect that mostly designs school buildings and campuses, it's a very busy time of the year. There is no slowing down as the beginning of the school year approaches. In fact, the elementary school I designed a couple of years ago is finishing up and will be opening in August, so I'll be posting photos of that in a few weeks. Until then, work is happening furiously to meet the final days of the schedule.

When I think of summer, I think of vacation. It's a time for recharging my batteries and widening my experiences so I can be a better architect. Summer for my family means there's an adventure, and we went on a great one this year. We went to Lake Powell which is on the southern border of Utah and Arizona. We rented a house boat, brought a couple of speed boats, and travelled about 50 miles up the lake. 

Here's a map to orient you:

 

It was an epic trip, and there's a lot to write about it, but instead of doing that I've decided I would rather show you my pictures. It's a place that should be experienced in person, and I hope you'll put it on your list of must-see places after viewing it through my lens.

As a friend of mine who saw these pictures said, "It was a very RGB vacation." You'll see what he means when you see the photos. So grab some popcorn and enjoy the slideshow. Click the first image to view it full screen and get started.


Be sure to check out all the other ArchiTalks blog posts for 'summer':

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Summer is a Great Time To Market Your Architecture Firm!

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Summer is for the Young at Heart

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
summer working, had me a blast

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Seasons of Summer

Jes Stafford - MODwelling (@modarchitect)
The Dog Days of Summer

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Summer -- Architecture Imagery

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
#Architalks 20 "summer" and architecture

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
4 Secrets To Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer Internship

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Summer Surprise

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
An Acrophobic Architect's Illuminating Summer of Roofs

Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Glass in Architecture - Summer Wonders

Brinn Miracle - Architangent (@architangent)
4 Reasons Solar Power is a Hot Topic

Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
... and the livin's easy

Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Summer...

Samantha Raburn - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
An Architectural Spark for your Summer

Kyu Young Kim - Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Summer in Seoul

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
[Dis]Connected Summer

Adam Denais - Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
5 Things to Make the Most of Your Summer

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
An Architect Summer