Tag Archives: Cities on Water 2012

A Culmination

I was recently nominated to compete for the American Society of Landscape Architects’s National Honor and Merit awards.  The announcement read: ‘Each year, the ASLA invites each accredited University program to nominate several of their graduating students for the awards … Continue reading

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(Norwegian) Cities on Water

Though not a part of the University of Minnesota’s Cites on Water study-abroad program, my sojourn– accompanied by fellow landscape architecture student Brendan– to Norway was very informative and inspiring as I continue on my path as a student of … Continue reading

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Cities on Water 2012 Murano Project

Beyond simply absorbing the culture and scenic beauty of Venice and discovering the nuances of this city within the sea, my class was involved in a design project that attempted to rejuvenate part of this historic place.  A short distance … Continue reading

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Into Venice Up To My Knees

A few nights ago I bathed with hundreds of strangers in the therapeutic waters of San Marco.  Acqua alta, or high water, is the phenomenon of flooding much of the city of Venice.  Waters from the Adriatic—affected by tidal action, … Continue reading

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Venice Sketchbook Two

Sketching allows the artist to sit still and absorb the surroundings in depth.  As I study a space and interpret it onto the page, life is happening all around.  On a recent rainy Sunday I was whiling away my time … Continue reading

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Venice Sketchbook

  Sketching is becoming an increasingly important component of my life as I explore the nuances of the Venetian landscape.  I’ve been taking fewer photographs and instead trying to internalize my surroundings in a way that can only be accomplished … Continue reading

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On the impermanence of such human constructs as architecture and memory: A photo essay describing the slow dismantling of the robust Venice Arsenale into the calm, green sea.

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Sense Impressions

Quiet, loud, quiet.  Venice is a landscape of shifting personalities.  Venice is schizophrenic.  Venice is desire lines.  At once teeming with hoards of people (gaudy clothes, crowding into small spaces, cameras pointed into every orifice) and stunningly desolate (dark, stinking, … Continue reading

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First Days in Venice

I am swaying back and forth.  I still don’t have my sea legs.  Or is it my land legs?  The lagoon is rolling, green, turning over.  I cross via vaporetto from my apartment in San Zaccharia to our studio in … Continue reading

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Transitions

I am writing now from Venice, an amazing little city in Italy.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.  Before I go on, I would like to share some pictures of the Netherlands where I spent the past four weeks.  It is … Continue reading

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