Architecture: Portals To Consciousness with Anthony Lawlor

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As an architect and designer it‘s Lawlor’s experience that physical forms frame portals to the vitality and inspiration of consciousness. He shares the idea that beautiful places remind us of those aspects of ourselves that we don’t usually access during the day. “Buildings and objects are the repositories of people’s energy. And so these objects psychically store our experiences and they’re there if we open up and access ourselves to them. And, it’s not something mystical, it’s being honest with what happened there.” He speaks of great buildings and great art as pointing to a field that brings us to an un-namable experience of the mystery of being alive. This far ranging dialogue takes us from our homes as a reflection of the quality of our consciousness to why skyscrapers and “McMansions” are giving way to the tiny house movement. From how can we avoid being hypnotized by our gadgetry to why great buildings have presence. (hosted by Phil Cousineau)


For more than 30 years of architectural practice, Lawlor has received rewards for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects and Interior Design magazine. His work reflects his belief that good design plays an essential role in the health of mind, body, and relationships. He seeks to create designs that enhance our relationship with the natural world and with one another. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Currently he is designing a healing center in Corfu, based on the aesclepion, the healing centers of ancient Greece.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to find the sacred in everyday architecture
  • How every object we choose for our homes reflects the quality of our consciousness
  • How engaging with the matter of everyday life is a sensuous and rich experience
  • Why skyscrapers and “McMansions” are giving way to the tiny house movement
  • How your car can become a sacred space
  • What is emotional homelessness as felt by returning veterans
  • How is the setting in movie as much a character in the movie as the actors
  • How can we avoid being hypnotized by our gadgetry
  • Why great buildings have presence

Host: Phil Cousineau         Interview Date: 6/2/2014       Program Number: 3509

Music Playlist

From Album: Prayer For Compassion
Artist: David Darling
2009 Wind Over the Earth #WE2340

Opening Essay: Track 02 Prayer for Compassion
Music Break 1: Track 04 As Long as Grasses Grow and Rivers Run
Music Break 2: Track 04 As Long as Grasses Grow and Rivers Run (reprise)
Music Break 3: Track 11 Heaven Here On Earth