Bridgette Meinhold

Who Am I ?

BRIDGETTE MEINHOLD

March 2012

1: Who am I?

Bridgette Meinhold, currently a writer/artist in transition to an artist/writer. Mostly I write about green design and architecture, and I work with encaustics and paint foggy landscapes inspired by where I live.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

When I’m not writing about sustainable architecture on Inhabitat, I’m in my shipping container studio painting. I’m in love with nature, mountains, trees, the wind, shadows, clouds, fog, and the sun. I try and capture that fleeting moment–you know, like trying to catch a wave upon the sand or pin a cloud to the sky. It’s pretty challenging really, but I’ve never been one to back down. I’ve also got my first book coming out this summer, Urgent Architecture (W.W. Norton), which showcases forty sustainable housing solutions that are in response to natural disasters. Since we will definitely be experiencing more natural disasters, we need to be prepared and build accordingly.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

Originally I’m from Oklahoma. Then I moved around a whole bunch for college, travel, and grad school–everywhere from DC, to California, Germany, New York, and back to California. Then I wanted to be a ski bum, so I moved to Park City, UT, for the winter, and then I stayed for the summers.

As to where I’m going: always onwards and upwards. I’m in love with Utah (not its liquor laws so much, but the landscape) so I’ll definitely be here for awhile. There are a million and one scenes I have yet to attempt to capture.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

My dear friend, Grant Korgan just became the first adaptive athlete to ski across Antarctica to the South Pole. This man lives every day to its fullest and inspires people to be the best they can be.

5: What book is your bible?

When online, I turn to Inhabitat, and it’s not just because I write there; my fellow writers are always finding amazing stories. I read Dwell and Wired pretty religiously as well. As far as books, I reference the Joy of Cooking on a very regular basis and I turn to Jane Austen when life is in the depths of despair. Nothing like the ridiculousness of the English gentry to make you snap you out of it.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love gluten-free pizza, afternoons spent in a hammock with a good book, Utah powder snow, the feeling you get after getting rid of stuff you don’t need, hanging out in my studio, and long soul-cleansing hikes.

I hate filling up my car with gas, tracking my spending, incorrect weather predictions, and when all the leaves fall off the trees in the fall.

7: What is your raison d’être?

There are two things I’m good at: naming the actor/actress behind cartoon characters and asking the right questions to get to the root of the problem. Only the second thing is really worthwhile, so I’m pretty sure I’m here to help people hone in on their path. But the thing that keeps me going and gets me excited about waking up in the morning is art. I am so grateful I am an artist.

8: What is your favorite color?

Green has long since been my favorite color. Although I also seem to wear a lot of purple and gray. Mostly because it goes well with my red hair.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Tough call, but I’d have to say Mystique from X-Men. I think it’s cool she can take on whichever character she wants. It must mean something about me–probably that I wish I could do all things.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Since I’m not a New Yorker, I don’t know if I’m qualified to answer this. But I think my favorite thing to do when I’m there is just walk around and take pictures. So, the streets of New York City.

11: What turns you on?

Watching my husband ski.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Q. What skill do you wish you possessed?

A. I wish I could do the robot.

Bridgette Meinhold is a freelance writer and artist based in Park City, UT, living in a small A-frame cabin in an aspen grove with her husband and dog Cooper (lab/border collie mix). With two engineering degrees, she writes about green design, architecture, and sustainability. Having just finished working on her first book about housing solutions for natural disasters and climate change, Bridgette spends most of her time painting foggy landscapes in her shipping container art studio.

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Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Jen Siska

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Bridgette Meinhold, Photography by Jen Siska

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