Daily Archives: April 11, 2022

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Mission 21
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Global Climate Change & Africa: Coastal Urban Vulnerability: Deltas, Estuaries, and Beaches

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Global climate changes are affecting the world’s poorest populations in the most vulnerable of nations with large ocean exposure. This is becoming apparent on a daily basis in Africa where 500 years of international commerce has effectively “marginalized” a large portion of the continent’s population which are themselves growing at the fastest rates in the world. These converging trends will serve to accentuate the suffering of tens of millions of displaced peoples in the coming decades as the oceans erode the most heavily populated regions along the coastal zones.

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Yale’s Katie Colford on Rethinking Permanence, Curating Knowledge, and Humor in Architecture — Madame Architect

By Julia Gamolina

Katie Colford received her B.A. from Yale College in 2016 and is currently in her final year of the M.Arch I program at the Yale School of Architecture. Her work spans design, research, writing, and teaching. She has worked professionally in New York and Tokyo, and her research has been supported by grants from the Istanbul Design Biennial and others. In addition to her graduate studies, she has been a Teaching Fellow for a number of undergraduate architecture courses at Yale College, and she is currently a humor columnist for the student journal Paprika!. Her work can be found at katiecolford.com.

JG: Tell me about your foundational years – how you grew up, what you liked to do, and what some of your most memorable experiences were.

KC: I grew up in a suburb of New York City in a Tudor house where my parents lived for many years. I never thought of the house as “architecture”; it was just home. But all along, of course, it was shaping my understanding of space. In the kitchen, for example, there were two steps which formed the perfect height for a seat, nestled between the cabinets. My mother and I would have lunch on the steps sometimes, calling it a “picnic” to distinguish it from a regular meal at the table. How quickly two steps can be transformed into an enchanted meadow with a bit of imagination and a sandwich! It’s a fond memory that I now realize instilled a foundational concept of architecture as a “field of play,” to borrow Jill Stoner’s term from Toward a Minor Architecture.

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Digital Humanities and the Challenge of the International & Intercultural Study of Historical Cartographic Databases

This is a very important resource for the subsequent study of mapping of Northern Africa and Western Africa:

Understanding the cartographic history of North Africa and the Mediterranean is an important pre-cursor for studying the maps of West Africa in the era of the slave trade.

For example, we have just begun to look at the Arabic maps of West Africa, including the more modern maps — informed by later European sources like this one:

These maps can now be integrated from the earliest repositories in “western” libraries that are now available digitally:

This has become the challenge that a number of different libraries are now trying to address through “online digital libaries” like Afriterra

This is now being addressed — step-by-step — through “The Africa Map Circle”  — a project of the “African Historical Graphics Archive.”—  the informal group of international scholars who are beginning to address the “Mapping of the Slave Trade.”


All of these efforts have been supported by the development of DH at Yale and Harvard (and now in Oxford at Balliol College as well) and the separate but powerful development of the digital technologies summarized in:


Extinction Rebellion UK

Apr 8, 2022

The jury has reached a verdict and it is damning. The latest IPCC report is a litany of broken climate promises. We are on a fast track to climate disaster and our leaders are lying to us. Don’t be a bystander while the world is sold and burned by a selfish few. Join the Rebellion in London from 10am on 9th April at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park.

Together we will end fossil fuel investments for good. http://extinctionrebellion.uk/next-uk-rebellion/
Help XR mobilise and donate: https://chuffed.org/project/xrapril2022
Extinction Rebellion UK: https://extinctionrebellion.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/xrebellionuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XRebellionUK/
Map of UK XR groups: https://map.extinctionrebellion.uk/
International: https://rebellion.global/
1. Tell The Truth
2. Act Now
3. Beyond Politics #extinctionrebellion #climatechange #globalwarming

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