Anne Dalke's blog
One of the students in my other class did some research on Erdman, and discovered that Louis Kahn, the architect who designed it, said, “A dormitory should not express a nostalgia for home, it is not a permanent place, but an interim place.” Can an interim place be a niche?
We made a number of decisions in class today (see updated syllabus for details).
We agreed that we will take a final class-wide "ramble":
we are eco-imagining a collective event to end the semester,
which will compliment the individual Thoreauvian stroll with which you each began
(lovely thought; thanks, rachelr!)
We also agreed to go do this @ 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd --
and to accomodate that time by cancelling class on Monday, Dec. 3rd.
Next to be decided is where we will go, how we will get there, and what we will do once we arrive.
Current options for where to go include the
* Tinicum Wildlife Refuge (a visitor center, observation platform, and
10 miles of trails in southwest Philly, near I-95 and the airport);
* Forbidden Drive (a 5 1/2 mile trail in the Wissahickon Valley Park in the northwest part of Philly); and
* Mill Creek (which we can access from the edge of the Bryn Mawr
campus, and would try to walk along, as far as Dove Lake).
Options for how to get to the first include taking the R5, then the R1--or renting a college van;
for the second, renting the van; and for the third, walking.
Yangon, Myanmar (AP)
on state television
looking for communication
holding up assault
possible violation of
a single poor
who can afford
to be a good
"There they go.
distressing. I grew up with those trees."
two million units
impossible for them to rent--
But many see no alternative.
"I could not let my children and my grandchildren starve."
"shame on you"
But one day, he said, he got a call.
Consider some possibilities for a (water-y!) field trip:
Mill Creek (see map, above, of BMC physiography, from the BMC Campus Heritage Preservation Initiative)
Pennypack Park and Environmental Center (named after the Lenape word for deep, slow moving water)
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge @ Tinicum (established to protect the last 200 acres of freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania; from Lenape word "tennicunk" meaning "island" or "along the edge of the island")
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, which tells the story of the Schuylkill River and the urban watershed; the Lenape called it Ganshohawanee, meaning "rushing and roaring waters," or "Manaiunk"; it was later given the Dutch name Schuylkill-- "hideout creek"? "hidden river?" referencing the river's (nearly hidden) confluence with the Delaware?
Why would we go on a field trip? What are we seeking to find/see/learn?
As you go about your week, take a photo or two that you would like to share with the women @ the Cannery, so they can have a "tour" of Bryn Mawr. Please post your photos here by Wednesday at 5:00, so Barb can compile them into a form that we can use in class. To keep things manageable, we suggest one or two photos per person (it can be more, if not everyone submits a photo). We hope some of you are interested in taking up this idea!
From a NYTimes article on Facing New Reality: "Hurricane Sandy is now a gauge of the region’s new fragility.... to simply mop up is a fool’s errand...."We just can’t rebuild it the way it was. The worst thing to do is to have this experience and not learn from it"....Hurricane Sandy...should lead to a “massive reordering of priorities.”
And from another on Protecting the City, Before Next Time, three proposals: for marshy edges and absorptive streets; re-built oyster beds; and a dam w/ tidal gates.