Considering Our Deep Longing to Get Back Home

How “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” gets me there every time

We can think of life in two modes: 1. Our drive to go “out there,” and 2. Our longing to get back home.

When I was in high school, living under my parent’s house rules, I couldn’t wait to get “out there” on the college campus four states away, with all that…



Our attention used to be something that our physical environment influenced, but our focus has shifted from places to screens. While we can get ruthless efficiency and convenience online, there’s something primal about coming together around a physical place and experience.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.