Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Architecture and Swimming - analogy

Its just few days left now for the London Olympics 2012 to begin. Among some other events that I watch during every Olympics this time I am most excited to follow all the swimming related events. Mostly the relays. Why? two reasons
Firstly, because of the Zaha Hadid designed aquatic centre. check out the pics

Secondly, and more importantly because, recently I have taken up to learn swimming. Its been 10 sessions now and I am just getting a grasp of freestyle (basically proper technique of gliding, body roll and breathing coordination). It is tough and not to mention embarrassing when you are in a pool full of kids learning to swim and you being one of the only few adult learning. What has helped me a lot with quick learning is imagining myself doing the right stroke and breathing coordination even while doing some day to day activities like sleeping or travelling for my meetings. I also look at a lot of swimming related videos some training techniques etc. During this net surfploration (my word for surfing+exploration) I came across an Ian thorpe video which had my favourite song in the background. Now, I heard this song "Remember the name" by Fort Minor after a long long time .... and this time the song had a whole new meaning....I mean that song use to play in my headphones all the time when it had released in 2005.

These are the lyrics of the song

This is 10% luck,
20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will,
5% pleasure,
50% pain,
And 100% reason to remember the name!

He doesn't need his name up in lights
He just wants to be heard whether it's the beat or the mic
He feels so unlike everybody else, alone
In spite of the fact that some people still think that they know him
But fuck em, he knows the code
It's not about the salary
It's all about reality and making some noise
Makin' the story - makin sure his clique stays up
That means when he puts it down Tak's pickin it up! let's go!

What I take from this video and the song is that you have to have a discipline of perseverance in everything that you do. Great Sportsmen have a lot of discipline, perseverance and that "X" factor which I think is that brain function that gives them pleasure of pushing themselves till it hurts like crazy..... Keep at it till you Bleed!!!....

Why I say this song has a whole new meaning today is because as a design entrepreneur today you get your share of that "50% pain" and very few pats on your back...no appraisals and promotions and "its not about salary" or how much fees you can charge and how much money you make. Its not about being at ease at doing the same thing you have been doing and making money by repeating it again and again....but it is about pushing yourself and being in an uncomfortable position again and again...and getting a rush while doing it ..."5% pleasure"...So...Well...

Coming back to the aquatic centre 2012 in London. Check out below images

Now the shape of the roof has been described with a lot of analogies e.g. wave-like or sea animal-like or even stingray-like ??. But I feel that it looks quiet similar to a body movement of a swimmer doing a butterfly stroke. Check out the pics.

I have shown comparative images of the structure and Michael Phelps butterfly stroke shots

....Or may be its just me cause I have been thinking a lot of swimming and strokes lately.

So OK I agree its like a sea animal but honestly Michael Phelps has been described as almost like a fish :)

1 comment:

  1. awesome blog!
    great analogy to swimming!
    beautiful representation of phelps butterfly strokes in the form of the aquatic centre