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i just bought this album by tv on the radio (which i highly recommend) .i was really captivated by the album art. light is manipulated by passing through shards of broken glass. the pieces of glass are all cut at random, different angles and overlap. their gestalt is what makes the individual pieces to interesting to look at, but each individual piece is still recognizable as a shard of glass with thickness and depth. this is what i want the facade of my addition to do.


the MArch program kicked off today.

This is something I’m going to constantly be keeping in mind as I collect ideas for a thesis:

and there will also be a lot of this:

Graphics by Erin Hanson,

left behind along route 100

I like Vermont because there is no ocean. I appreciate the beauty of the sea, and that humanizing feeling of insignificance when standing in front of the vast ocean, but I like to avoid the beach. I am quite pale, and I also don’t like crowds of people. Instead of an ocean, Vermont has mountains, lakes, and the cleanest air I’ve ever breathed. This is mostly why Vermont is so appealing to me.

Having lived in New England for my entire life, I have spent plenty of time visiting all of the region’s states, except for Vermont. I never even stepped foot into the Green Mountain State until a couple of weeks ago. I had the last view of quaint Vermont before Tropical Storm Irene ravaged it. Yeah… Vermont has no coastline but still suffers the most from a tropical storm? Okay, ocean, this is why I don’t like you very much.

Oceanic weather conditions aside, I had a great experience in Vermont. I love mountains, and Vermont is very much shaped by them. In the valleys are the curvy back roads that bring you through the farms and fields, past old barns and herds of cows. The mountains are the perfect backdrop to the quintessential New England elements. Mountains can also be climbed. I work out regularly and have a hard time sitting still in general, so when I go on vacation, I like to stay active (another reason the beach is not for me). I like hiking under the shaded canopy of the green tree-covered Vermont mountains. We hiked a small section of the Long Trail, and made it to the peak of one of one of the mountains. Being able to look down to the valleys where we were driving through earlier, a bit light-headed and bug-bitten, was our reward for reaching the top.

Aside from the mountains, I really appreciate the pride I sensed Vermonters felt for their state, much more than the residents of other New England states feel for their own. In Vermont, they are all about using locally-grown products. Farmers will gladly let you come to their farms to pick crops and buy them. Barns and covered bridges that look like they are as old as the state are still being used, but next door to these charming relics are fields of photovoltaic panels. This image of is why I love Vermont. Old New England traditions are preserved here, but it’s not like stepping back in time.

Long Trail

Sunset over Lake Champlain, Burlington

Room in Brooklyn

edward hopper is one of my favorite artists.

he captures the subjects of his paintings when they are alone, peeking through their windows when they are too absorbed in moments of reverie to notice that they are being observed. there is often evidence of a broader urban landscape within these glimpses into these private spaces. a strong theme in hopper’s paintings is the idea of seeking solitude in an urban environment. growing up in the city, this is a notion i can really relate to. to me, what hopper is depicting in his paintings is the beautiful essence of the city. in a city, we are constantly surrounded by people; we can choose to participate and be aware of everyone else, or we can not. either way, the others won’t notice.


New York Movie

Room in New York