this past fall, we also took another studio trip shortly after Cazenovia, NY and headed over to Canandaigua, NY - only an hour and thirtyseven minutes away by car and straight through Syracuse, NY. again, i found elements of ecotourism within Canandaigua and its secondary counterpart of Brewerton. as seen in the bottom two images, secaida and lavin are looking directly into the ecotourist spectrum consisting of beach loungers, swimmers, boaters, kayakers, yachters (not a word?) and canoers. we even saw some dogs using the beach front, an interesting concept since dogs are sometimes and usually banned from the beach. once again, water creates a prominent stance in community relationship and growth. after walking around Canandaigua and observing the town, my class came to the conclusion the town´s waterfront is only source of traffic and activity. Canandaigua itself was empty and did not hold as much identity as a town. our project was to recreate an identity for the town’s relationship to the Finger Lakes for newly designed Finger Lakes Museum along this waterfront site (check out final project displayed at victoriakam01.weebly.com!). throughout our entire trip towards Canandaigua, we were asked to photograph numerous elements to help increase larger understanding of upstate New York activity. we noticed multitude of trees, trucks and more farming silos. roads prior to Canandaigua are supposed to build up to suspension, a new place consisted of mystery and excitement. these photographs, although photoshopped and instagrammed, show discouraging landscapes for Canandaigua; if discouraging is lumped with suburban and rural. as it seems, from a personal urban standpoint, discouraging is indeed how some of my classmates and i felt during our trip. here, truck culture and highways represent the epitome of Canandaigua amongst similar representations throughout little towns in New York state. while structuring our presentation for the Finger Lakes Museum project, my class recognized an opportunity to build tourism for this small town to form crowds and immediate interest. urban tourism appealed as method of signage, culture, display and attraction. we operated via paths, vehicle movement and interest in one spot. our mission was to create this sense of place and fun for users of Canandaigua, despite the fact that Canandaigua itself may lose original everyday activity to new groups. within risk, Canandaigua was designed to develop new ideas for its community and culture. without the existing structure, the town would have formed a repetitive rut lacking anything new, much like the water passing over the same beachfront each time. for what secaida and lavin are viewing in the below pictures, their astonishment, must be repeated each time for old and new users in representation of both urban tourism and identity for Canandaigua, NY.
after discovering personal interests in a future occupation of marketing and designing ecotourist landscapes, i began to see ecotourism or at least just tourism everywhere! this past fall, my studio class took a trip to Cazenovia, NY to study silos and the agricultural lifestyle surrounding these metal structures. we split up into groups and viewed silos from the road while stopping by at specific locations to observe different silo types. this experience was particularly interesting for those who grew up in strictly suburban or urban areas without any immediate access to agricultural landscapes, including me and some others in our studio. farming communities have approached their culture in number of ways, all of which my studio experienced during that day. we learned how agricultural societies display their farming to the public, ranging from agritourism to personal one on one tours. images one through four show a farm designed for multiple users to explore. there are so many types of activities available thus causing need for point of way direction signs in image three. every adventurous action produced from agritourism signs state there is much more to experience in everyday life of farming communities. within agritourism, many visitors are allowed to take home memories and new knowledge of how to monitor farms as an exciting and mysterious experience. viewers will be tempted to devise how agritourism is used throughout the year and apply those methods to their daily activities. images five and ten are of silos devised for personal tours, yet fashioned in separate procedures. image five is simply like any other agricultural space but allows users to interact with farm animals as means of gaining knowledge of animal use in agriculture. despite that this farm has only one activity for users, there is still a lot of information gleaned around the acre used for these particular newcomers. in image ten, this majestic barn is owned by an amish family and intends to produce every agricultural method in simplistic ways. when my class visited this barn, we explored how amish communities solved insistent regular problems in quick manner within structure and amongst farm animals. lastly, images six through nine are of an outdoor artist exhibit with numerous pieces placed in natural light view. these pieces of course tend towards tourism as a means of signage and description as well as developing sense of interest and inspiration for discovery. all of these places are truly fascinating and are worth looking into. we pass by these structures all the time yet do not really dig deep into how these spaces can be approached and shown to outsiders in perspective. what tourism companies are doing now and are continuously revising is how to keep interest in their countries and adventure projects. this is and will always be the first step into producing complete intriguing designs for the company, country and users. travel means so much more than just travel itself; for all you nomads out there, when visiting a place next time whether it be place never seen or have been to thousands of times, try to really see the place from all points of views. now go make new tracks and leave some powerful mental imprints.
just wanted to start this post off as statement of heading onward with my travels; my winter vacation flight to Vancouver with my sister and mom is soon and reminiscing waves of Iceland have come back to me in flourishes. as a country with many spaces untouched by humans, Iceland has a lot of largely ‘natural’ landscapes. i truly miss these landscapes and looking back on pictures posted online or my own personal photographs bring me back to each of these fleeting desired memories. one of the most powerful factors of nature seen all over Iceland was the water. whether or not the water was part of oceans, lakes, rivers, etc, there was always a group of people standing nearby and admiring the space. just like the Seine River, like all bodies of water, there is a psychological and beneficial health in exposure to water. the calmness and movement of waves, splashing sounds hitting the surface, clean breezes impacting the waves and then the shore - each representation of water activity creates a sense of security and organizes a point of direction in a space. these are the reasons why some people enjoy going to beaches so much; there is so much hidden in minds and waves really do wash thoughts from mind and develop focus on what is in the now. after encountering each bed of rushing water, i felt confident in motives and admired those who stood amongst the waves. people were able to de-stress and contemplate surroundings, as seen in Hvalfjorður in image six and Djúpalónssandur and Dritvik in image ten. within these images of Icelandic landscape, water appears to the audience in multiple ways. In the seventh image, water is displayed in urban landscape, taking this particular element out of its natural habitat, while also initiating deeper relationships between urban setting to natural space. Iceland is compiled of mostly nature, yet the urban design intentionally caters to users in favor of the natural resources including water and energy. the country prides their sources and landscapes, thus incorporating representations all over the city and informing outsidesr of these elements. within Reykjavík, the major city, water is held on an exquisite pedestal for all those who wonder to admire. water was the first transportation base, first mode of path for early vikings and discovery of Iceland. water´s past, present and future holds Iceland in a bowl and operates for the country. water is everything to the landscape and vice versa; without water, more deeper connections to this form of nature might not have existed. whether water is part of a waterfall (images one, two and nine) or just part of an solidary movement (images three, four, eight and ten), Iceland is still fresh and visible. hopefully, water will strengthen these powerful landscapes for many years until i visit them again and again :)
**the photos above were taken by me but are for my internship in Iceland this summer- they are simply examples of descriptions within this post
my travels to Salt Lake City and throughout the west were extremely jam packed with landscape sights and scenery. in every state, there was at least one view that astounded me, simply because it was something that i had never seen before in an urban environment. who knew that snow capped mountains and giant hills with monuments could surround a largely spaced suburban city? definitely not me! but i thought the landscapes of Salt Lake were so beautiful and inspiring which made me jealous of SLC´s residents. normally, i do not like suburban areas but the mountainscape created such an astonishing view for the city to become bearable. there was hardly any visible transportation on the ridiculously wide streets, multiple vehicles passed by the intersection every second, and there was at least ten feet from the sidewalk corner to an adjacent building corner. so much space! and it was an interesting difference from Syracuse, a mixed (sub)urban area. throughout the rest of the western trip, more mountains and wide canyons shaped expansive farmlands and grassy fields. most of my time was spent watching from the window of a bus (roadscapes!) and every half hour, the landscape outside would change. this timelapse of developing landscapes in height, function, form, material, measure, etc was absolutely fascinating and made me wonder who i would be if i grew up and lived in these areas. also, the bus view redefined topography when roads turned and circled around these mountains, giving perspectives of varied proportion. for me, it is hard to believe that these types of spaces exist especially since i have only really been exposed to eastern american nature all my life. during the entire trip, watching these ´natural´ roadscapes pass by was truly my most favorite pasttime. if you have not yet tried observing the roadscapes, you may find that it is better than watching television and/or listening to music. if anything, it is certainly worth trying and there is really so much to get out of just staring out into the space. next time you are in a vehicle, try interpreting the area and see what you find. how was this land formed? what once happened within this area? what can be done, redesigned? what potential do you see for this land?
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Seine River is an incredible body of water, since it stretches from Source-Seine of northeastern France into the English Channel (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine). water has always been a source of comfort and relaxation in designs, due to its peaceful movements and sounds. however, i did not realize how much it drew people together until i visited Paris. of course, the design structure of the Seine River itself has multiple reasons to this one extraordinary factor. the River carries throughout Paris and divides multiple islands of the city from each other, thus causing people to explore and observe how to reach these different lands. overpass bridges from one island to another connects travelers and also displays viewpoints down towards the water. people are welcome to sit and enjoy passerby, street entertainment, and other views across the bridge. one of the more beautiful aspects of water and the River itself is the reflection of light, of course. in image three, the sun is slowly setting which creates yellow hazy glows floating off of the surface onto faces of those passing through. this natural activity produces psychological relaxation and appreciation for aspects of true nature in an urban environment. sunsets are usually affiliated with seascapes or suburban settings but improvising the sunset on a river surrounded by buildings and bridge overpasses can both bring thoughts out of the city and into to the city while respecting those two spaces together. this beautifully structured river is truly an amazing work of art and should be varied in other cities as well. no wonder those parisians are so carefree in their choices and freedom; they are exposed to these spectacular sights every day :) Seine River also poses as the main transportation route throughout the city for all types of water vessels. the River alone can be hierarchy to main streets simply because it carries directly throughout the city. of course, parisian streets are more used than Seine River but a direct path route within the entire city is not easily attainable. but it is interesting how boats and ferries traveling along Seine River will view different perspectives of Paris extensively from the water. lastly, these specific water landscape perspectives appear to change significantly in terms of infrastructure, people, water, buildings and other elements around the River. as seen in image two, the bridge overpass has a cross wire design atop concrete blocks, which represents a form of later technology regarding cleaner and different materials. this bridge is a wild comparison to that of the bridge seen in the background of image three. although the light changes visual perception of the bridge, the structure is still a physical stone structure without any other visible materials. the bridge shows an older portrayal of material and aesthetics, thus producing views along Seine River as a transcendent timeline of not only structural and object change but also cultural, industrial and social change. Seine River shows various important facets throughout time which is something that is shown in many designs but should just be as visually exemplified.
well, it has been three days since i have left Iceland after staying for three months and i cannot describe how much i miss the country. i am sitting here in my parents´ apartment in New York City and continuously dreaming of stepping out onto the calm streets of Reykjavík again. i have never felt as drawn to a place as i have to Reykjavík and it may most likely be because of the new environment and ideas of making steps toward change. growing up in Manhattan with billions of people can force kids to become independent at an extremely young age. that experience is capable of making people dwell on being alone all the time and then wanting to become alone all the time. this is not the case in Reykjavík- people travel in groups everywhere and thrive on being among others all the time. moving from one of the largest cities in the world to a small city in a country with a population of 320,000 was one of the greatest and most influential choices i have made in my life. i would not consider myself an extremely social person but this change helped me expand my personality around a completely different environment thus enforcing the concept of how change is always good and sociologically beneficial. this entire discussion is probably confusing and without purpose but in order to pin down the reason why i loved living in Iceland so much was probably the beautiful difference of the repetitive environment i lived in up until high school. it is true that i was alone most of the time during my stay in Reykjavík, but i enjoyed it because of the country´s spectacular culture, language, customs, spirit, etc. i met some incredible people at the bars, clubs, work, on the streets, tours, and in passing. i lived with some very interesting people that helped change my perspective on how to live outside of a regularly comfortable space. it may sound so difficult and so hard to get used to but in reality, these hard hitting impacts can mold your outlook and help you expand in so many variations. if any of you are ever given the chance to live in another country all by yourself, go for it. constantly consider building yourself as a person everywhere you go and use that to your advantage. after looking over all of this text, it would seem that i was just be easily influenced by my experience in Iceland but i really do value my time spent in that country. i am willing to travel everywhere and feel the same way i do about Iceland for every country. but i cannot stress this enough: change and difference is healthy and helpful; go value and treasure those chances in life.
so sorry for all these empty promises - meant to write extensively about travels throughout Iceland but failed to have any type of energy. maybe the trip is finally catching up to me haha after the end of my first week in Reykjavík, Iceland! within the first four days after arriving, i was given the chance to explore the city. most of the time, i visited museums and walked aimlessly along the streets. in fact, i tried to visit at least one museum per day :D i started with the Icelandic Phallological Museum (www.phallus.is) on the first day and the curation was astonishing! the first image is of a giraffe penis, one of many other animal body parts viewed within the museum. on the second day, i went to the Volcano House (volcanohouse.is) which displayed volcanic rocks in such remarkable ways that all detail within each rock is captured, as seen in image three. for the third day, i visited the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum (www.artmuseum.is) which was being renovated so I got free admission! all of the sculptures were exquisite and had incredible meaning with familial relationships and gender equality, seen in image four. afterwards on the same day, i headed over to the National Gallery of Iceland (www.listasafn.is) to view their landscape painting exhibits called ‘treasures’ and other fascinating exhibits including work from artist oppy de bernardo. many of the landscape paintings captured intricate details in color palettes which was mesmerizing to view for each work of art, especially if there was a lot of variety of colors in each painting. one particular piece by þórarinn þorláksson stood out to me in with each of those elaborate aspects (image eight). many of his paintings filled the walls in that particular exhibit which really helped viewers become lost within the brushstrokes and lightings. the museum even had a childrens’ section in which kids could interact with each other while creating pieces of art, which seemed especially interesting simply because the museum was not exactly a large space. however, after walking around Reykjavík and observing the commmunity, i noticed that the majority of the residents were young families. it is definitely interesting how Reykjavík itself has developed into a very strong family oriented urban area, which is not uncommon but maybe different from what i thought of at least the entire city. on the fourth day, i went to the National History Museum of Iceland (www.thjodminjasafn.is). this museum covered the migration of vikings to Iceland and how their civilization developed in various environments through religion, politics and social behavior. i really enjoyed the details of the structure and how the curation played into the various subjects. some topics may have seemed a bit dry but after speaking to my roommate about the museum, he believed that the exhibits really described the whole progress of the country´s structure which could help anyone understand all of Iceland a lot more. however, my favorite part of the museum was the visiting exhibit of knitted pieces from the Home Industrial Company, or Heimilisiðnaðarfélag Íslands (www.heimilisidnadur.is). after hearing about lopapeysas and seeing a billion pictures of them, it was nice to actually see some in person in both human and mannequin form, seen in image five. i also quite enjoyed studying the different patterns and colors for each sweater. overall, this post is way overdue but visiting museums in a blind rush is how i usually go about traveling and am so glad I made it a point to see each one within my first week of arrival. if you ever come to Reykjavík, definitely go visit each of these museums; you will appreciate all of it!
out of all the destinations my family and i went to on cruise Carnival Miracle (summer 2012), the city of Nassau is the most urbanized which would make sense since it is the capital of the Bahamas and located on the island of New Providence. after visiting the other two port stops, Nassau’s city development combined with exotic beaches created an ethereal landscape. luckily, my dad and i were able to view this stretch in the best way - riding segways up and down boardwalks and exploring open field lots, as seen in image four! the vehicle was really hard to maneuver at first and i struggled with staying in vertical positions without falling dramatically, which meant that i never let go of the machine no matter which way it threw me. there were also some weird worm bugs from the open lots that latched onto my clothes and skin whenever i got close to the ground, which was basically every time -.- they were particularly interesting simply because they resembled inchworms with mouths; one end would literally part in half and then close entirely in simultaneous patterns. my dad freaked out because he “saw the parasites on discovery channel and knew they could burrow into my skin and live off of me.” i wasn’t going to take any chances so we picked off all of them before any full on commitment was made. as for the rest of the city, Nassau had a lot of european influenced structures such as french balconies and random assortments of classic lamp posts. with a history involving fires caused by spaniards, occupances by both spaniards and french and then by english and americans, Nassau was bound to have a variety of different cultures mixed into the landscape. before my dad and i went on our little segway excursion, we visited the Pirates Museum (http://www.pirates-of-nassau.com/museum.htm) we were joined by a very friendly tour guide who acted as captain blackbeard and he let us go into the Museum for free, so nice! unfortunately, i do not have any pictures of our explorations in that space. despite all of these secretive european influenced structures, there were also many traces of american styles in the city as well. our first encounter to american style included the Government building in Parliament Square, seen in image one. this building is of neoclassical style and was created under the impact of loyalists from southern United States. despite american traits, the building’s front entrance still had a very lovely display of various european representatives, including queen elizabeth ii and christopher columbus. one other famous building in Nassau is the extravagantly classy Crystal Palace Casino (http://crystalpalacevacations.com/). my family and i did not visit this building, although i am positive they would have loved it. after seeing some pictures on the casino’s website and online, i would love to go too! just to catch the beautiful views. last of all is everyone’s favorite unique chain restaurant, Señor Frog’s! shown in image seven (http://www.senorfrogs.com/) apparently this restaurant is also in the United States, but i have only seen it on port stops on cruises. however, i have only eaten there once and it was a free meal along with the chosen excursion. their food is pretty decent from what i remember, although the restaurant is more geared towards bar hoppers looking for a fun time. unfortunately, i was always too young to join in the adult related excitement. i hope to visit Nassau again someday, maybe to gamble away at the Crystal Palace Casino or grab a meal and drink at Señor Frog’s, just to experience something i heard everyone talk about once they got back onto the boat. maybe that’s why cruise trips are so special, they create idealized vacations that really take people out of their regular everyday environment and take them for a spin on freedom. for a week, we can explore these chances and have a time of our lives. cruises are much more exceptional than people make them out to be. here’s to endless days of sunshine, sand, food, exhilaration in the near future :D
festival of places 2013: travels included Santiago, Chile; Prague, Czech Republic; Berlin, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Lisbon, Portugal; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Barcelona, Spain; Oyster Bay, New York (USA) and Buffalo, New York (USA). i previously mentioned this SUNY ESF event two months ago in an update post (http://sigursaudfe.tumblr.com/post/43201801587/lost-iphone-and-new-travels). this is the first and only year i have pictures of the festival, although i highly regret it because the event comes out to stunning results each time. instead of taking photos with a regular camera and changing the blog context of only iphone photos, i decided to take photos of the event’s decorations long afterwards. fortunately, many of the students kept their artwork created for the event. above are some images of how the students went about representing their study abroad location. i’m not sure where the two pictures of statues are from in the fifth image but i am guessing Lisbon, Portugal (?). the graffitied post is from the Berlin, Germany group; the BCN sign (image four) and “l’ovella negra Barcelona’ sign (image eight) are from, of course, Barcelona, Spain; and the papier-mâché cow is from Prague, Czech Republic - although this cow was made many years ago by another Prague group from a previous festival of places event. the way these artistic structures are placed now represent memories and sense of loss in its new environment, an environment that was not originally meant for these items. no one is looking at these pieces anymore but they still trigger pieces of memories from that one event two months ago. they are still special to those who traveled this past fall and those who built the sculptures. to me, they are special simply because my future in two years are founded off of these next travels and events. but the memories and photographs are what helps keep these images alive and special. festival of places is a wonderful six hour gallery exhibiting those emotions and making sure detail is vibrant in mind. this occurence is more or less why i keep a blog of all travels - it helps keep my remembrances existent and continuous forever. i love that people read these pages and yearn to make their own/gain some new influences and impacts from travels. i also read other travel blogs to determine my next goals of where i would like to go and what i would do, just so that the memories of travel will always build but nothing will disappear. thanks again for reading, everyone - i truly x10 appreciate what travels make of memories and so glad that discussion of spaces can somewhat encourage all of these factors.