Although I have not been able to use the research that I did on subways in a direct way, I often think of the time spent traveling and the lessons learned. I look back on the months I spent where I was able to look and think and write without outside pressure or restriction. This freedom brought me an understanding of my own pace and a renewed creativity and delight in the making of things. When the everyday demands of my profession seem to obscure what I love about architecture, I remember that there is another way to gain perspective again. “Free-time” and imagination definitely go together.