Call to action before Earth Day!

Social media post The Erenwine Agenda

By now – especially if you already follow me on social media – you’ll have heard I have a book coming out. The Erenwine Agenda is about an intern architectural designer who takes on the natural gas industry. I’m pleased to share these early reviews of The Erenwine Agenda:

on the earth-healing perspective, a review from
shaman Janet StraightArrow:

“The Erenwine Agenda is a modern work of fiction that addresses many of the issues that face our generations today. In the story of Amalia and Mark we move through many layers and perspectives of innocence, science, lifestyle, idealism, environmentalism, romance and realities in being conscious humans living now, and doing business with corporate interests. Fracking and natural gas are the major focus in how they affect us, as other concerns are addressed. Their story has a surprise ending and thought provoking situations and solutions. This book is a journey of awakening and finding positive ways of taking action to assist a world in environmental distress.”

on the multicultural and architectural perspectives, a review from
architect and AIA Middle East President Raya Ani:

“A timely and contemporary novel about love and care for the world—The Erenwine Agenda helps us understand how we might navigate from a place of non-communication to a place of resolution. The primary characters, who are both of mixed ethnicity but of different cultural backgrounds, live a clashing breakdown of the polarities within themselves and in the environment around them. The story skillfully takes the reader from one event to another until Superstorm Sandy shocks the characters into redefining a new position in the world. The story feels very real as it puts us head on in conversation with ourselves, with the corporate structures that govern our lives, and by extension, with our idealism. The Erenwine Agenda crosses disciplines, crosses cultures, and crosses opposing viewpoints to arrive at a more compassionate and empathetic place.”

This is more about the book, and you can pre-order the Kindle version here:

Pre-order The Erenwine Agenda: a novel

Amalia Erenwine—an environmental activist working in New York City as an architectural intern—takes on the natural gas industry in this new book by Maia Kumari Gilman. Amalia rails against the underwriting of her employer’s work by a natural gas company involved with fracking. She clashes with the gas company’s petroleum geologist, executive Mark Stone—and yet, a hurricane of personal and continental proportions triggers the two of them to open their minds to a new world view.

Please share in advance of Earth Day! The more the merrier, as they say. Your kindness thus far in the development and sharing of this project is, quite frankly, amazing. I am both humbled and heartened by your support.

Much love,



New York’s Civic Center – A Walking Tour

I walked through the Civic Center area of Manhattan last weekend, on an AIA (American Institute of Architects) tour. What follows is a photo vignette of the cloudy afternoon – the light made for interesting contrast and a particularly flat reflectivity in the glazed and metal surfaces we observed.

A peek at 8 Spruce Street, by architect Frank Gehry, as seen from Park Row.
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Another view of the Gehry building.shimmer

A mish mash of verticality, lost in the clouds.upright

I was most moved by the African American burial ground, from which my subtle senses perceived a shaft of light emerging. Not captured by my iPhone. Worth a visit.african american burial ground 2

This plaza by Michael Van Valkenburgh at Federal Plaza struck me for two reasons. One, I do not recall it from the days when I lined up with the hundreds of other immigrants to get a green card. Two,

the mirroring of the wall geometry in the paving geometry creates an expansive effect that is not unlike that of standing at the center of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France, where the floor pattern and stained glass geometries mirror one another.

I was surprised and delighted by that discovery.terrace

Correct me if I’m wrong; I believe the red sculpture is a Calder sculpture. I was getting somewhat daydreamy at that point in the tour and had (visibly) dropped behind the rest of the group!lamppost

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We ended near this festive arch close to the 4, 5, 6 train. A wonderful tour hosted by the Center for Architecture. For more information about future tours, please visit the website linked here for The Center for Architecture.passage

Enjoy your walking!