Andrea Arias

Research, ideas & solutions supporting its Adaptive Reuse

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Check out Thompson Center here, in Google Maps.

The Thompson Center is one of those buildings that the majority of the public (historic preservationist and citizen alike) define as “ugly”, “bug-like”, or my personal favorite “something that came down from outer space”. In reality is a monument to Post Modernist architecture, and its quite an architectural marvel. Within this blogpost I aim to make a case for it. You see, the city is entertaining the idea of selling it off to developers, so they can demolish and create more privatized, monetary enriching…


I promise it is not a waste of money.

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I got a new job! My husband and I were extremely excited. But how to celebrate? I had wanted to go to Chicago, but who could doggy sit? Did we want to go through the trouble/exposure of flights for two or three days? No… Ok. So what to do? “Why don’t we just stay here? In Denver? At an awesome hotel that is beautiful and pet friendly?” he asked. To be honest, I was a bit against it. I thought it to be a waste of money — we already live…


Three easy steps to help you achieve.

As John Mulaney said, “It’s so easy not to do anything, that the fact that you do anything at all it’s truly remarkable. It is factually 100% times easier to do nothing than it is to do anything.” Doing things can be tedious, daunting, and intimidating just by the mere thought of it. I have found that the following steps help me get things done no matter what:

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“To Do List” by Abstract Memento

Psych Yourself Up Just Enough to Get Started

Good mood not required and self bribes are fair game. The easiest way to do a task its to just start. You might be sitting…


Stadia is the future of gaming.

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Illustration part of Abstract Memento 2020 Collection

This past Christmas season my husband received a free Google Stadia due to a YouTube Premium promotion. From the very beginning we were skeptical and thought it more as a novelty item. We have gaming PCs, a PlayStation 4 each, so why on earth would we care? We opened the package, started using it and the more we used it the more we enjoyed the experience. After a week we both agreed that Google Stadia is the future of gaming. It is versatile, adaptable, easy to use and set up, and, more importantly, future proof.

Let us start with versatile…


It comes sporadically, never at the exact same time, but that’s the best part.

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//??.01// Eclipse kiss on a foggy night, part of Abstract Memento 2020 Collection

When I began thinking about this question. I admit it… I was paralyzed by my inability to give a quick answer. It startled me, and kind of sent me in a downward spiral of self doubts and depression. Somehow this simple question opened a can of worms I didn’t even know I had. Throughout the day I pondered…

I thought of the mornings I waked up at 4:00am. The stillness of the world. Everywhere you looked through the window seemed to be operating like a huge…


The right way is your way.

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The Flow of Inspired Thought, Abstract Memento 2020 Collection

Often when speaking with clients they have this imaginary, vague idea of what “perfection” or “the right thing” is. Quick spoiler alert, there isn’t a perfect way to much of anything really, specially when it comes to organizing your space. The key to good organization is understanding your actual life flow. Your life flow is simply how you naturally behave; your actual habits and routines.


The real branding secret nobody talks about.

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Part of the Abstract Memento Collection 2020

At the beginning of 2020, when class was still in physical session, I was a part of a pilot program for my graduate school in which a design prompt with real clients was going to be done in a cross-disciplinary fashion. The disciplines were Architecture, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Planning. Believe it or not, these disciplines while displaying a lot similarities also hold a lot of points of tension, which should be discussed and resolved with adequate representatives. For now, I’ll just simplify the tension to the degree that, for good measure, our departments hired a specialist to train us…


Let’s make the promise before the year ends.

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Illustration part of the Abstract Memento Collection.

When the year 2020 started, back when we had no idea just how differently this new decade was going to start, I was ready to embark on a journey that would lead me to write more. While I expected that journey to involve more adventures and those adventures experienced without masks, I managed to keep true to my intentions and significantly boost my amount of writing (and reading) throughout the year.

I shouldn’t perhaps put reading in parenthesis, because through this pursuit I learned that reading truly sparks the mind. As I…


Someone asked me today what does satisfaction feel like, and I replied with this fun, short poem.

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Illustration by Abstact Memento

I exist therefore I set -
Set my goals one through ten.
Jump & scream, I’ll tell a tale
of how I know satisfaction well.

It’s really not a secret,
if I do say so myself,
it’s the ego and inner critic
telling you you’ve done well.

“Congrats, hurray!”
You hear in your head.
You may sleep well and peacefully
rest in your bed.

For that brief moment of self love You’ve done it beyond and above! Your struggle, your values Have all…

Andrea Arias

Aspiring Architect & Photographer | @adevarias @_phantomstudio_

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