John Stilgoe wants you to go outside and look at things a little differently.
October 11, 2007 8:28 AM Subscribe
posted by jquinby (27 comments total)
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is a professor at Harvard who teaches his students how to, among other things, mindfully observe
the urban and suburban environments they inhabit.
Moving slowly and deliberately throughout the sprawl, one can (if properly trained) read the entire history of an area in the minute details of the overhead power lines, road surfaces
, rail lines, survey markers and even drainage lines
. He urges his students (and everyone else for that matter) to go outside, walk deliberately, and observe the spaces in and around their landscape. He wrote a book awhile back
to help get you started, but it might not hurt to pick up a field guide
before setting out to reclaim a sense of history and place in your neighborhood. By the way: he wants everyone to know that passing a picket fence at 11mph will render it invisible
(Special thanks to occhiblu who answered my question about Stilgoe in this AskMefi)