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October 08, 2006



Kristen, It's great (oh that word again!) that you're making something and have some direction to explore. As I'm reminding everyone, keep in mind that this blog project is just an exercise to examine and focus your interests -- no need to feel it as the heat of thesis. However fun as the posters seem and I'm sure are pleasurable to make -- it's the maps that are the provocative and challenging idea. And hopefully as fun as the poster to play with. But I believe the rewards of mapping will be much more fulfilling and instructive and allow for much great invention. A few suggestions is that you read Peter Turchi's Maps of the Imagination, and Katherine Harmon's "You are Here: Personal Geographies." These books should inspire fun and rewarding exploration. I can bring you my copies on Tuesday if you like.


This looks so cool!


k-- have just been reading an essay in a book called "The Tourist City" that you must check out. Its title is "Sensing the City" and it's by John Urry. If you can't find the book in the library I'll make you a copy. It's exactly up your alley!

Florencio Zavala

In addition to the "local visual vernaculars" might I suggest you also look at work being created in these areas to get a perspective of the inside looking out. For example look at the works of:


See cinco barrios, pigeon league.


great ideas k! I also think that time plays a big role here. because signs and vernacular will change within a short time period. So the interaction with the people on the spot will be important.

I have to think back to your Bartleby poster. I loved how it worked with scale and 3D. maybe you can use this idea to build a stage for a certain scenario.

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