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    local maxima

    the story of rhode island’s summit

    December 4, 2017
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    “It’s called highpointing,” an internet stranger explains on Reddit. “Pretty simple. You try to get to the highest point of each state in the U.S. There’s usually a geocache up top.” According to the Highpointers Club of America, 286 people have summited all 50 U.S. states since 1966. Doing so requires climbing some of the […]

    facade and soul

    brown’s changing architectural landscape

    November 8, 2017
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    Clad in glass panels and metal fins, Brown’s new Engineering Research Building is unmistakably a product of our times. Aesthetically, it is in the same family as other neomodern works on campus, but details such as the ventilation systems on its brow, or the laboratories which glow softly within, highlight the building’s function as a […]

    Rhode Ghosts

    Stories about Highways Past, or That Never Were

    October 25, 2017
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    Look around our part of New England, and you’ll see artifacts of the past scattered throughout the landscape. Some are quite distinctive, such as the old railroad bridge on the Seekonk River, or the Superman Building in downtown Providence. Some are memorialized, like the route of British retreat from Concord during the Revolutionary War. But […]

    Asphalt to Asphalt, Dust to Dust

    Last-minute adventuring in the Northeast

    October 11, 2017
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    3:15 p.m. Shit. I fall out of bed, groaning as I realize how much I have overslept — a ritual that’s becoming all too familiar as the days shorten and my problem sets lengthen. This time, however, it isn’t lectures I am missing but the first day of a long weekend —theoretically perfect for knocking things off the […]