After reading Anette M. Kim’s suggestions on understanding sidewalk life and space anew, I immediately wanted to reflect upon the physical and social dimensions of my own city’s sidewalks; Istanbul
‘A city’s sidewalk system usually exceeds the city’s parks and large open spaces.’
One may think about the overspreading nature of the sidewalks after reading this sentence. Yet, I think about how these vast spaces of eating, socializing and trading are changing and becoming more insignificant day by day for us locals of Istanbul. While the act of vending is no way near HCMC in terms of variety and quantity, the usage purposes of sidewalks changed a lot in time; one can say it is still adapting to the needs of the modern-day Istanbul.
(By Benjamin Thomas Harbakk and Deniz Erdoğan)
The Labrador Nature Reserve is connected to:
- The Berlayer Creek Boardwalk
- The Bukit Chermin Boardwalk
- The Alexandra Garden Trail
- The southern Ridges
- Labrador Park
These boardwalks, trails and pathways are all connected in a seamless way to give visitors a sense of the green space and protected nature of the area, allowing for scenic walking and varied visual experiences in a small space.
Do a simple exercise over the next week: Without using GPS for your device to navigate, find your way to some place new. How do you do it and what happens along the way?
Initial Destination: Bugis
After talking/deciding with my friends to go to Bugis for the Singapore Night Festival, we arranged our plans separately. They went to the event venue beforehand as I didn’t want to tag along to anyone. That way I could be all on my own and figure out how we could meet there without me using GPS. I only asked them for the name of the street and place they would be at close to 6:00 pm.
Choose two objects that you use every day (you cannot pick mobile phones or laptop/computer) and analyze their design using the principles described in Chapter 1 of The Design of Everyday Things. Imagine describing what the object is and what it’s designed to do to someone who has never seen it before. Is it intuitive or frustrating?
First Object: My Glasses
Glasses are basically a pair of lenses set in a frame. This frame rests on the nose and ears to mainly be used to correct or assist defective eyesight. While prescription glasses, such as the one shown below, can be used indefinitely or while doing certain set of activities (ex. reading); there are also glasses which are used as protection against sun, sportswear, etc.