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The five pieces that follow are individual reflections on the aspects and experiences of a floor and a ground, and about the experience of walking on the floor and the ground as a fundamental phenomenon we encounter in buildings, gardens, cities and settlements. Read the texts two or three times. Then go for a walk yourse lf. Anywhere. Wa lk it carefully, and experience it thoughtfully. Reflect on the experience of the walk: what you’ve seen, what you’ve heard, what you’ve smelt, what you’ve felt. Then do two things. First read the reading from Rebecca Solnit’s book Wanderlust that’s posted on CULearn , and then write a 150 - to 200-word reflection on your own walk that records its twists and turns, and its experiences in the light of what you’ve learned from Rebecca Solnit. Descriptions of this kind, like pictographic maps, are ways of catching experiences, and writers and map makers embroider their worlds, according to the medieval cartographer Fra Mauro. So your piece of writing should be thing you use to embroider your walk, and your world. Use any format you choose: prose, poetry or whatever, but do it on a single piece of paper. Please type your written response, if you can. Makes it easier to read when there are 160 or more to read and go through. Turn in your reflection before or during class on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. Put your name and student ID on your piece. You may also turn in your reflection digitally by sending it either as an attachment or as text within the body of an email to me at peter.schneider@colorado.edu . Take a Walk: excerpted from Walking, by Henry Thoreau I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of walking: that is persons who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering. Sauntering is a word is beautifully derived from sans terre, without land or a home, which in a good sense will mean having no particular home, but being equally at home everywhere, sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields absolutely free from all worldly engagements. For this is the secret of successful sauntering. It is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day. Our expeditions are but tours and come round again at evening to the old hearth from which we set out. Half the walk is but retracing our steps.
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course ENVD 1004 taught by Professor Barbour,jo during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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