Archive for September, 2007

Photos from The Trust for Public Land’s Flikr page.


I know I’m a little late on this one, but September 21 was National Park(ing) Day. Groups across the country installed temporary parks in public and private parking spaces throughout the day, and these transformations aim to show people how space traditionally reserved for cars could be turned into useable public space.

Dawn Landes

The British bicycle video I posted featured music from Dawn Landes, so I decided to look her up on YouTube. Here she is. Enjoy.

Advertisement for bicycles in London. Maybe we’ll see this in “The States” one day.

JMU Duke Dog Pictures

JMU Duke Dog

On Saturday the JMU Duke Dog got into a scuffle with Coastal Carolina’s rooster, Chauncey.

According to the Daily News Record, “JMU fans said the Duke Dog hit the Chanticleer mascot — a rooster-like creature — in what they thought was a playful manner. Coastal’s mascot, they said, then tackled the Duke Dog, and the situation apparently escalated, prompting police to intervene.”

“A police officer tried to escort the Duke Dog away from Coastal’s mascot, but the Duke Dog appeared to keep pursuing the Chanticleer. News-Record reporter Mike Barber said he then saw the Duke Dog, apparently inadvertently, hit the police officer in the face in an attempt to break away.”

“Madison officials said that while the student who plays the Duke Dog was not arrested, he will no longer represent the university as its mascot.”

According to The Breeze “The scuffle began after Duke Dog refused a handshake from the Chanticleer and proceeded to swat at the Chanticleer once its back was turned. Duke Dog and the Chanticleer rolled on the ground until a police officer pulled them apart. Eventually the two were separated, but the Duke Dog followed the rooster. When he was approached by a police officer, he shoved him. Duke Dog was consequently escorted out of the stadium. About an hour later, Duke Dog reappeared….after running around the stadium to high-five everyone, Duke Dog walked up to the Coastal Carolina football team and gave them the bird.”

Constantinos Doxiadis revolutionized urban planning. Doxiadis’ Ekistics methodology was one of the first approaches to use computers as evaluation tools. He developed complex matrices to examine multiple planning scenarios and determine which situation would work well for a geographic area. Often times we put computers on a pedestal, and we forget to focus on the humanistic side of problems. Good planning and architecture needs the human conscience to assess moral and ethical dilemmas. Furthermore, these practices need the human imagination to devise creative solutions for our ever-changing problems. Computers have transformed city planning and design, but we must remember that technology will never be a substitute for the human heart and mind.

Erasing History

Mankind’s history is marred by bloodshed, discrimination, and injustice. The buildings left behind by our forefathers often serve as reminders of our past behaviors. What should we do with the buildings that are associated with controversial activities? Should we demolish Monticello because it was built with the blood and sweat of slaves? Should we destroy the Capital of the Confederacy in Richmond because its builders were traitors and proponents of slavery? These are tough questions to answer, but in the end we must remember that we are talking about buildings. The architecture used for some of these buildings is astonishing and unmatched by anything we build today. The memories associated with some these structures may be troubling, but the buildings themselves are historical landmarks. These buildings can teach us about the past, and help us find ways to build a brighter future.

The American Dream

Jim McCloskey’s political cartoon from the Daily News Leader in Staunton, VA.

UVA vs. VA Tech