I just finished reading The Sea Inside, and my review is up on Goodreads. If you’d like to follow my reading and review projects specifically, check out the dedicated Tumblr I’ve set up for just that purpose. And let me know if the format is working for you…it’s an experiment.
Digital exhibition: ONCE in Barre
This evening I went to a conference session about Mumbai/Bombay, at the Grad School of Design at Harvard. It was part of a conference called “In the Life of Cities,” and it was stuffed with fascinating observations about the this “kinetic city,” whose very dynamism generates a kind of paralysis. The breakdown of government structure and infrastcuture to provide everything from housing, sanitation, not to mention the rule of law, has generated a kind of urbanism of necessity that empowers slumlords and thugs, real estate developers and a cloistered industrial elite, but also turns out an inspringly high proportion of the urban poor for elections and, as I have experienced it, generated a disarmingly complex and exciting city. Okay, this may have occurred to you already, but I was surprised to realize as I listened to and reflected upon these talks that this kind of city, characterized by a profound and uncontrollable (by definition) entropy, is exactly what I think is the key to revitalizing communities. In the kinds of cities and neighborhoods that I …
As promised, here’s a brief roundup of holiday markets and decorations. I think it’s such a cool way that cities transform themselves temporarily. I’ve been thinking a lot about temporality in urban spaces and this seems like a good way to get started on saying something concrete about it. The holidays are such a unique temporary intervention because they last so much longer than your average festival, so they really permeate the feeling of a place. Where are your favorite holiday decorations? Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have also been thinking about the ability of *snow* to transform our experience of urban space. I find I talk to other pedestrians more often, as we negotiate narrower walkways and uncrossable mounds of ice at intersections. Maybe that’s a small silver lining, but I’ll take what I can get.
Greetings from the middle of our first bona fide snowstorm of the year! I thought I’d share some holiday decorations I’ve seen around town in honor of this beautiful winter weather. Enjoy! one of our neighbor’s houses. one of our neighbor’s houses, detail. looks like a reindeer lost his antler!
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