A Glacier the Size of Manhattan


This is a link to a video I recently watched, where you can see a glacier the size of Manhattan break off and descend into the ocean.  The video is time lapse but this catastrophic event happened within the span of 75 minutes.  This relates to the class because as we talk about the built environment we should also consider the natural environment.  If we don’t start protecting our Earth we will have nothing to build off.

History as a Commonplace

“The exhibition will immerse visitors in one of the most unique decades in recent history; visitors will have a social space to share personal memories with family, friends, and each other.  The built environment will play a key role in communicating the narrative of these residents.”


This is a quote from one of my sources about my sight.  The author argues that it is essential to use historical houses and museums to celebrate black culture to counter the negative effects of gentrification.  This can be applied to my project because I can use history as a common place.

Impediments Exist by Design

“Many cities, which house a disproportionate portion of the black (and increasingly, Latino) population, lack adequate funding for schools.  And decrepit infrastructure and lackluster public transit can make it difficult for residents to gent out of their communities to places with better educational or work opportunities. Temin argues that these impediments exist by design.”


I came across this passage while scrolling through facebook.  The article basically argues that there is only an elite group and a disenfranchised group in America today.  This part of the article stood out to me because of how well it connects to what we have learned in this class.  Specifically, this connects directly to Fleming’s chapter “Ghetto” in City of Rhetoric.

What Is A Ghetto?

“The ghetto, defined by the 1968 Kerner Commission as ‘an area within a city characterized by poverty and acute social disorganization and inhabited by members of a racial or ethnic group  under conditions of involuntary segregation.'”


This is a quote from David Fleming’s book City of Rhetoric.  This is the first time I have read an actual definition of the term “ghetto.”  Growing up in a primarily white middle class neighborhood I knew what a ghetto was, but  I never truly understood or was taught the circumstances behind how they formed.  Just by reading this simple definition I realize how the stigma surrounding these communities is insensitive and counter productive.

The Elephant In The Room

“When there is an invisible elephant in the room, one is from time to time bound to trip over a trunk.”


This sentence is taken from Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I chose this quote because I enjoyed how the author played with the idiom of the invisible elephant and turned it into a metaphor.


The first part of the sentence before the comma is a dependent clause because the “when” that starts the sentence makes the first part incomplete.  The verb is not introduced until the second half of the sentence, making the second have an independent clause.  However, both clauses rely on each other because the dependent clause gives context to the independent clause.

The Metamorphosis

“One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.”


This quote is the first line from Franz Kafka’s short novel The Metamorphosis.  This story toys with the idea of magical realism.  Magical realism is the cross between the supernatural and reality in literature.  Often authors will add one extraordinary aspect to their story, but have the characters in the story regard it as if it is normal and carry on with every day life.


“I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”


This is a quote from the season finale of The Office.  I was watching this episode tonight and it made me think of the new experience I am having here in college for the first time, but also all the different parts of my life that I have nostalgia for.  There is never truly any way to tell that you’re in “the good old days” all you can do is try to appreciate things while they’re happening to you.

I love moms

“She limped a little bit ever since the children had cut off the big toe on her right foot.  They had wanted to find out what happened if someone only had nine toes.  Within herself she was proud of her limp and of her children’s eagerness to learn, and sometimes she limped even more than was necessary.”
This is a quote from the short story “A Story for Children” by Svava Jakobsdottir.  This story is a satirical piece which is clearly represented in the quote.  The author is drawing attention to the large amount of sacrifices that mothers have to make without ever complaining.  Childrearing is an exhausting task, and the above quote shows how mothers are willing to do anything for their children often at the expense of themselves.  

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

“You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking

Racing around to come up behind you again.

The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”


I chose this quote from Pink Floyd’s song Time.  This quote speaks to how when you are young you feel like you have plenty of time to do the things you want, without realizing that time is limited. I enjoy the metaphor of trying to chase the sun, because it shows how at a certain point you become desperate for more time but it continues to escape you.  As you grow older it is harder to catch up with the sun, meaning it is harder to do everything you wanted in the time you have left.  These lyrics show how if you do not seize every moment you can, life will pass by faster than you think.