shoes and coffee

Two subjects that are not core to this blog. Nor are they related other than that many have strong opinions about both. The only defense I have for wasting your time with the below is that the embedded videos are worthwhile.

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on looking

Without an exploration mindset we all have trouble connecting with and immersing ourselves in the environment we find ourselves in, be it city or nature. Consciously paying attention is not so easy for most – myself definitely included. Our evolutionary default is switching to automatic pilot as quickly as possible to free up our very limited resource of conscious attention for something else. The most eloquent, persuasive and helpful guide on such a mindset that I know of is  Alexandra HorowitzOn Looking, a walker’s guide to the art of observation

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cities as palimpsests

The title of this post pays homage to the writer and photographer, Teju Cole. His talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, called The City as Palimpsest, is a treasure trove of insights and apt descriptions, and palimpsest is such a great metaphor for what fascinates me in landscapes and cities, that I am truly delighted to have hit upon this great artist.

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cities as natural environments

If you are in anyway like me, you’ll have trouble escaping from the powerful mental dichotomy of nature versus human-made. But when you manage to resist its lure and look at cityscapes as particular forms of nature rather than opposed to nature much becomes visible that would otherwise remain hidden. Cities are the human ant hill, or bee hive, and their structures both reflect and influence its inhabitants, and those that came before them.

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ways to run or walk a city – all streets

The media landscape catering to (trail, mountain and ultra)running afficionados has changed quite dramatically since I entered it in the late 90s. The number, diversity and availability of running documentaries, currently a veritable tsunami of new additions accessible through youtube or vimeo, is one of the more noticeable.

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