Reflection from Thursday 6/2 (MG )

When walking through Washington on 21st, I noticed a streetscape tightly positioned diagonally through the middle of a block. In a city of almost entirely one way streets, the uniqueness of a nonconformity in this roadway captured my attention. Given its stark differences compared to most of the city, I presumed it was likely an addition to the area after its initial development. Upon further investigation, I discovered that it served as a turn around that took a driver from 21st street, to M street. Given the importance of M street, which extends from central DC through Georgetown, it makes sense why this side street would serve an important purpose for turning around in case of an error. Furthermore, the existence of that street makes it possible for a parking garage and a grocery store to be placed and added to the community. 

Betsky uses his piece to describe the architecture and the reasons behind why it was designed in the way it was. For example, he describes the craftiness of Dutch architecture, and how they maximize the small amount of land available, “they have become masters at reusing the same space for myriad purposes.” When reading Nescio’s piece, I felt a much stronger sediment towards nature. I found that he often would link human creations with negative thoughts. For example, he describes the factory as a miserable place which Bekker cannot wait to leave. However, when describing nature, Nescio exerts a great amount of descriptive beauty. Furthermore, the young titans got their revenge on the bosses they hated by “walking for hours on paths where they never went. Here, Nescio is saying the lifestyle of the bosses is lacking in comparison to the young titans because they don’t get to experience the rich emotions that come along with being in nature. I left the readings with a feeling of opposition between the two, with Betsky admiring the skill of architects whereas Nescio idealizes the purity of nature. 

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