Arctic Thanksgiving Monday

Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and it has certainly been the coldest one in my experience.  Last night the mercury here in Calgary dipped to -16C which is exactly 15C below the normal low of -1 for this time of year.  Many of the trees were stil green when this weather hit and it has been interesting/ alarming watching the leaves shrivel and drop off in clumps – especially from the ash but even on the hardy, prairie friendly poplars!  this kind of weather, and (most) of the summer that we had, right across, Canada, seems to make it harder and harder to buy that the world is warming.  It may be that this is just the kind of weather that was normal 40-50 years ago; I can’t say, not having been around.

Just finished my Sunday NY Times; not too much of interest on the urban front, though the travel section was rather good and focused on Europe, including a “36 Hours In” Berlin.  I have saved it for my pending Euro-travel odyssey of 2010.  Also some good stuff in the arts section about a retrospective of an early 20th c. American painter called Burchfield.  Nice stuff, sort of reminiscent of Hopper that a bit more nature focused with a decidedly autumnal, even halloweeny mood.  Actually picked up the paintbrush myself this past weekend, just to work on an abstract I started last fall in a course at ACAD.  Felt good!

Guess this is a more personal post, though couldn’t think of a specific topic to write about and promised my self I would keep up with this thing a bit more.  Hope to start a series of posts about an idea I want to flesh out some on the link between infrastructure and culture i.e. how infrastructure policy drives the way we live, and has throughout history.  Mundane to some perhaps but doesn’t seem to be a lot written about it.  Just (trying) to work my way through Peter Hall’s Cities in Civilization which looks at the common elements of great cities since classical times, which is providing some good fodder, though I think the discussion could go beyond cities and has a great deal of relevant to a world (and its policy makers) facing the unholy triad of the Great Recession, Peak Oil and Climate Change.

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