#wordoftheweek - In Danish Morgenfrisk is that sensation of freshness, energy and new beginnings you have in the morning, when you wake up after a good night's sleep. It is a beautiful word that links a physical sensation with a psychological attitude. The tangible and the intangible are tied together in Morgenfrisk.
The sensation it evokes is also what we wish to all of you restarting a new academic year this week. The French call it 'la rentrée': it is much more than the simple act of coming back to school and work after the summer, it's a whole ritual. But rentrée is a rather sad word. While it does celebrate the discreet charm of going back to normality, it also evokes the repetitive nature of a bureaucratic routine. We hope that on the contrary this week you won't feel dragged back, but rather filled with curiosity for what will come next. The picture above has been taken by John Ng, studio master at the Architectural Association, and it portrays the AA's first year studio space in all its Morgenfrisk glory at the beginning of the year.
Bare, empty, and yet full of possibility. Not cold: fresh. Have a great start of year, all of you out there.