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Finding Myself in the Chaotic Crossroads of Pudong

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

“A good environmental image gives its possessor an important sense of emotional security… this is the obverse of the fear that comes with disorientation” (Kevin Lynch). The past few weeks, navigating my way through Shanghai, have proven that my emotional security and my environmental image are very much entwined. There have been many moments where my Google map has failed …

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An Unexpected Underground

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

I learned quite quickly that Sydney is a pretty straight forward city. Larger streets run north and south, like George Street, and smaller ones run east and west. Although not so grid-like, Sydney’s streets are similar to those of New York in that there’s a pretty clear path and direction. Something I didn’t know, but realized through exploring, is that …

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New City, Same Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by FlurinLeave a Comment

“All type of knowledge, ultimately means self knowledge.” – Bruce Lee Arriving in Sydney I would have thought that my brain would start to map the city by first remembering where all the big buildings and landmarks are, and then work on the finer details from there. However, what I learned is that mapping a city is a highly personalized …

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Where Do I Find Myself

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Alice1 Comment

Everyone who has visited Prague probably remembers their first sight of the city. Whether it is the red rooftops, the pastel colors, or the lovely architecture, it is a city to be admired and enjoyed. For me, foreign to the European city-scape in general, the picture-perfect quality of streets were extraordinary. It was like everything had been planned and coordinated …

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Disney World?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

“Franz said,‘Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. We’ve always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. That’s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. It’s unintentional. It arose independently of human design, like …

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Italy vs. the tourists

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People have been complaining about “the tourists” in Florence for at least a century, but crowds and their behaviour keep getting worse, not better. This year, city administrations are taking action. But is there any way to reverse the trend? November may be rainy here, but it’s a fast walker’s paradise. The streets, devoid of tourists, take back their medieval …

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The Role of Artists in Gentrification: Linking the Art World to Resistance Movements

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Nonprofit Quarterly: Becky Amato, NYU’s associate director of Civic Engagement Initiatives at the Gallatin School, sums it up: “There’s an unconscious collaboration between artists interested in living in gentrifying cities, and the market forces and developers who benefit from them.” Still, Moskowitz concludes, “anti-gentrification activists say artists can work against the process that turns their lives and work into policies …

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Berlin Art Week

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Berlin Art Week is a highlight on the contemporary art calendar in the German capital. For the sixth time, the Berlin art world will be hosting exhibition openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events during the week. The rich variety of this fall program is made possible by the joint collaboration of institutions, galleries, artist, collectors, …

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The World’s Largest Street Art Museum Is Opening in Berlin

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Condé Nast Traveler: The five-story indoor-outdoor museum features 100 artists and is completely free. Berlin is to street art what Paris is to cafes and Amsterdam is to canals. Long known as the most “bombed” (or, “tagged”) city in Europe, the UNESCO City of Design is home to the world’s longest open-air gallery, a barrage of mind-blowing murals splashed across …

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Blog on ThisIsNYU

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Students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  You can sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU (on Tumbler) during your time away.  Not only will others benefit from your recommendations, but this is a great way to document and share your experience with family and friends.  To get started or to …

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New Regulations Mean Rude Shanghai Taxi Drivers Can Be Fined

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Shanghai Expat: Shanghai’s public transport department have introduced new regulations for taxi drivers in the ‘Hai in an effort to improve the city’s taxi industry. Drivers that are impolite and rude will be fined 200 yuan, (which equates to around 99% of cab drivers here). Other guidelines were posted on the department’s official WeChat account yesterday, which include requiring vehicles …

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36 Hours in Perugia, Italy

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New York Times: Despite its proximity to the epicenter of last year’s earthquakes in Italy (Perugia suffered no significant damage) and some bad publicity after the Amanda Knox trial, Perugia remains one of the country’s most vibrant and underrated destinations. This is due, in no small part, to the energy of the early 14th-century University of Perugia, one of the oldest universities in Italy. …

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How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better

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New York Times: Forget just taking pictures with your phone’s camera — there are far more creative ways for travelers to use technology to capture memories from their trips, says Dennis Crowley, the co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, a company behind two location apps that have 50 million global users a month. “Between various apps and social media platforms, …

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The U.S. State Department Just Renewed Its Europe Travel Alert

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Condé Nast Traveler: On Thursday, the U.S. State Department has updated its Europe Travel Alert for American citizens. Originally published on May 1, the alert was set to expire on September 1, but was renewed yesterday and extended until November 30. The State Department issued the original alert following terror attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, saying …

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US State Department: Europe Travel Alert

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US State Department: Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.  While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist …

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Trump double trouble; N.Y.U. roiled by crackdowns

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The Villager: New York University is facing a dire Donald Trump double whammy. On the one hand, many of its foreign Muslim students are feeling unsettled and confused amid the president’s “travel ban” on certain Muslim-majority countries. Meanwhile, undocumented students at N.Y.U. are racked with anxiety over the new president’s crackdown on immigrants. The two issues blur together into one …

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Your life on a map — a Toronto cartographer turned artist is doing it

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Metro Toronto: An impossible map hangs on Andrew Alfred-Duggan’s wall. From a distance, it’s familiar, the colour and markings akin to your standard city map. But if the scale is to be believed, Toronto’s Union Station is a stop away from Paris’ Abbesses metro station and Collingwood looks out over Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the midst of the …

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The Best Places to Walk in Paris

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New York Times: In her new book, “Flâneuse,” Lauren Elkin expands the concept of the flâneur — that aristocratic bohemian man strolling the city streets, possibly with a top hat or some other touch of the dandy — to include women wanderers from Virginia Woolf to Sophie Calle (one of whose works will be featured in “Person of the Crowd: …

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