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Highpointing in RI (Doris Liou)

local maxima

the story of rhode island’s summit

“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…

Prince-Engineering (Doris Liou)

facade and soul

brown’s changing architectural landscape

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…

Highways (Caroline Hu)

Rhode Ghosts

Stories about Highways Past, or That Never Were

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…

Tristate Loop

Asphalt to Asphalt, Dust to Dust

Last-minute adventuring in the Northeast

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…