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The German Jaywalker

In Berlin, Wayfinding, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Lila Faria1 Comment

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a free, NYU-sponsored trip to Weimar. The trip was outstanding—We toured education-based museums, drank wine sponsored by our school, and ate far too much ice cream. I learned about the Bauhaus Movement, and the way architecture has been used to teach German children in the past. It was an outrageously …

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Wayfinding the Mind: The Active Walker

In Wayfinding, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

While navigating the streets of London these past few weeks, I’ve had a continuous dialogue with a New Yorker article I read recently titled “Why Walking Helps Us Think” by Ferris Jabr. In it, Jabr argues the “curious link between mind and feet” as he explores the powerful effect walking has on thinking and writing. He provides scientific evidence that …

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What do you wonder when you wander the night?

In Berlin, Wayfinding, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

Super cheesy title I realize. Alliteration is awful. Every time I move to a city I use my sketchbook. Drawing the city locks in a visual understanding of its layout. Looking at a map gives you a momentary orientation, but the act of tracing the contours of neighborhoods, the curves of the city, allows me to grasp my surroundings concretely. I …

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Lost Boy

In Wayfinding, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Kyle2 Comments

Kevin Lynch claims that becoming “completely lost” is a rarity thanks to “maps, street numbers, route signs, [and] bus placards.” Kevin Lynch has clearly never been to Shanghai. Last night, I was returning from my first day at an internship across town. While on the subway, I realized that the line I was on did not go to NYU. This …

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My Golden Ticket

In Wayfinding, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Benjamin Engler1 Comment

As has been the theme of my previous two posts, communication in Shanghai has been difficult to say the least. In our generation, however, “wayfinding” has become an activity which you can typically do successfully while relying only on yourself and your smartphone’s map application.  While I expected the little blue dot on my iPhone to be my guiding force, I hadn’t …

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Wǒ bù shuō zhōngguó huà

In Wayfinding, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Andrew Graham1 Comment

The backseat of the cab vibrates as the trunk swings closed with a loud thud. An undersized, elderly Chinese man wearing loose striped pajamas climbs into the driver’s seat and looks at me through the rearview mirror. His brow remains permanently furrowed as he stares. “Hi, how’s it going?” I say. “Here’s where I’m headed.” I hand the cabbie a …

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Thank God For Technology

In Wayfinding, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally1 Comment

The first day my roommate and I arrived, we decided to take a quick trip to the market to buy necessities for the upcoming week – toiletries, water, snacks. Our quick trip down the street to the local market turned into a hour trek around the neighborhood. We probably should’ve listened to the RA’s directions more carefully. Regardless, we found …

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Embracing the Barrier

In Wayfinding, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Nicolas Lopez1 Comment

Unlike countries which speak a romance language there is simply no real overlap of words, expressions or even gestures between Spanish and Mandarin. Having no knowledge on the language other than the most basic words, I immediately realized I would have to make communication work through alternative means. Regardless, I was determined to not allow the barriers between our peoples …