Last March in the Dominican Republic, I watched a craftsman build a palapa or tiki hut from wood and palms. I recorded the process in pictures and have wanted to share it ever since. But how is the construction of a tropical palapa relevant to a Toronto audience? Especially a wintry Toronto audience. That was my stumbling block.
Till now. The other day, on Inhabitat.com, I read this story about how volunteers turned 7,000 plastic pop bottles into a shingled roof. Guess what? It looks just like my palapa.
That’s the soul of creativity: making a new connection between two previously unconnected ideas.
So think about it. Where can you see new relationships between things? What 1 + 1 can you put together to invent something new? Get out your pop bottles.