It is hard to imagine a more elusive mental exersise than attempting to understand the wind. I was walking by a co-workers desk who was building windroses for a site plan and I was intrigued graphically by the patterns they were creating. It suddenly occured to me how connected our sense of direction, our compass, as well as our sense of time is connected to wind. I wondered if wind was the beginning of our curiosity about directions–and as it turns out, it was. The different winds had distinct personalities–warm, wet or dry or cold–and these winds came and went with the seasons–much like the sun moves around a sundial. All of these factors–light, temperature and wind are crucial to architecture and when ignored can change the successful outcome…