Archive for February 2007

Chambers for a Memory Palace

February 27th, 2007

The sun never knew how wonderful it was until it shone on the wall of a building. In the elegantly written Chambers for a Memory Palace, Donlyn Lyndon and Charles Moore exchange correspondence about the fundamental elements of memorable places. With themes such as “Axes that Reach / Paths that Wander” and “Openings that Frame

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Great Places are Planned

February 26th, 2007

Last weekend, Eric and I began designing a map for Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike is a team-based online computer game where players must complete an objective (rescuing the hostages or detonating a bomb) or eliminate the other team. While the game includes dozens of official maps, each a different physical setting for the game to occur, map-making

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Favelas as a Destination

February 24th, 2007

Similar to the destruction of the rural idyll when it is overcome by suburban development, slums in the Global South may be eradicated by their growing popularity as a tourist destination. Andrew Downie writes in his article about Rio de Janeiro’s slums, “To many Brazilians, favelas are dirty, violent, frightening places. But to many foreigners,

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