I am pleased to share these drawings from my travels around the world over the past two decades. The ink sketches are all from field observations drawn on fold-out sketch books, most of which are about seven feet long. Given that there are thousands of images in the numerous drawing books, I hope that you enjoy the work that I have included here from Asia, Eastern Europe, North America, Central America, and many other places. In many cases, the drawings document design and innovation that are not landmarks. Overall, I enjoy seeing and celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary.

About the illustrator and author:

Charlie Szoradi is an architect, inventor, and the CEO of Independence LED Lighting. He is passionate about cost-effective sustainability and is a sought after speaker. As an entrepreneur, Charlie has pioneered groundbreaking new energy intelligent products and services. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie has authored numerous articles, op-eds and the biography of Leon Battista Alberti for the Encyclopedia of Architecture. He lives with his family in a solar home that he designed outside of Philadelphia.

The ink travel drawings included in this collection are from his book Learn from Looking, scheduled for release in early 2017. While other authors have written about sustainability, energy consumption, and the human impact on our ecosystem, this book provides new ideas for practical and actionable intelligence. Learn from Looking goes beyond looking for a way to support a belief and focuses on first-hand learning that has come from looking at solutions in the field. This book informs and also serves as a catalyst to inspire others to document and share their insights.

The travel drawings in this collection reflect a twenty year journey to different places around the world. The exploration was not scheduled or linear, and the circuitous path led to innovations that range from an eco-smart home design to founding a leading U.S. manufacturer of energy-saving LED lights. Charlie has an underlying curiosity to look closer at how things work with an eye on using the findings to shape more cost-effective sustainability.

Learn from Looking also includes insights into critical thinking for young and old minds, a focus on Return on Investment (ROI) for business opportunities, and a springboard for groundbreaking future innovations. Collectively, the drawings and observations lead to a sustainable triple bottom line that supports people, the planet, and profit.