Summertime and the liven's easy. Except this summer, when the liven’s been BUSY. If you have been following along you will know that this is the first di’velept post in quite a while.

The busyness at di’velept HQ is mirrored throughout the whole architecture industry, so there has been a little hiatus in one of my most anticipated monthly events. Luckily, this post marks the triumphal return of #architalks. Architalks is a group of coordinated archi-blog posts that all started with the same topic. Normally, the writing is quite diverse, so you should check out the links at the bottom to see how divergent the topic of “SUMMER” can be.

Given that I am (I think) the only architalker from Utah, and this post goes live on the 24th (just barely), I feel it is my duty to introduce you all to uniquely Utah summer event, “Pioneer Day”. What does this have to do with architecture you might ask? Well nothing really. But I love talking about things that are distinctly Utah, like our love for Jello.

Pioneer day is a Utah State holiday that is on the 24th of July. It is the day when the (then) leader of the Mormon church first made it to Utah back in 1847. Almost immediately upon arriving to the Salt Lake Valley, the Mormons then went on to systematically create settlements throughout most of the region. The planning of these settlements reflects the pragmatic dogma of those early Pioneers. The central planners of the Mormon church in Salt Lake made sure that there were/are cities located at intervals of about a day’s wagon ride. So, many Utah towns are located based on the distance from the last town rather than on where would be an ideal place for a city. Also, the towns are laid out on a strict cartesian grid the was laid over the land without regard for topography. That same bullish we can conquer anything with hard work mythology is imbued into the roots of the thinking of di’velept. Although, we like to think we are a bit more enlightened when it comes to working “with” rather than just “mowing over”.

Now that you have a little history lesson on the urban planning of Utah we will go over a little information on how the celebration of the holiday has grown to become a local phenomenon. Like most holidays, Pioneer Day has experienced the celebration inflation over recent decades. Nowadays, most businesses in the state take the day off. The biggest parade in the state (which is also one of the oldest in the nation) winds it way across Salt Lake City. It lasts for hours. Different groups of Mormon congregations are assigned to create a float each year. So most of the floats in this parade are not necessarily a corporate advertisement as much as a local group muddling their way to creating something that could be construed as complying with the yearly theme. I enjoy seeing the level of diversity of approaches that are put into the floats. Just like the diversity of approaches that are put into Architalks. If you are interested, and you are reading this early on the 25th, you can probably find a live feed of the parade on the internet.

Between the parade, the fireworks, and all of the other events Pioneer Day has become a huge cultural event in Utah. I love the localness of Pioneer day and the celebration of something that is pretty unique to my area, but the festivities can have an overtly religious overtone. So, over the last couple of years there has been a “counter culture” celebration dubbed Pie and Beer Day, which is celebrated exactly how it sounds. This dichotomy really paints a great picture of the culture of Salt Lake City. We love the diversity that exists here, even though at times it does create some friction.

So whether your preference is for Pioneer or Pie and Beer we at di’velept hope your summer is going easy.

If you are looking to find a little diversity in the way other architects approach the topic “summer” check out these links.

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Summer is a Great Time To Market Your Architecture Firm!

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Summer : A Review

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
summer working, had me a blast

Evan Troxel - Archispeak Podcast / TRXL (@etroxel)
Lake Powell

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Seasons of Summer

Jes Stafford - MODwelling (@modarchitect)
The Dog Days of Summer

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Summer -- Architecture Imagery

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
#Architalks 20 "summer" and architecture

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
4 Secrets To Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer Internship

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Summer Surprise

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
An Acrophobic Architect's Illuminating Summer of Roofs

Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Glass in Architecture - Summer Wonders

Brinn Miracle - Architangent (@architangent)
4 Reasons Solar Power is a Hot Topic

Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Seasonal change

Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)

Samantha Raburn - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
An Architectural Spark for your Summer

Kyu Young Kim - Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Summer in Seoul

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
[Dis]Connected Summer

Adam Denais - Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
5 Things to Make the Most of Your Summer

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
An Architect Summer