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Local Walkabouts

How well do you really know your community? The Walkabout challenges residents to walk about their communities to match photos taken from unusual angles, with the exact spots from which they were taken. Gets people to look at the environs differently

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Do you recognize this landmark?

During my short-lived foray into architecture, I took an intro class that had an amazing first exercise called the Walkabout. We were given a stack of oversized notecards with black and white pictures on them - each notecard had one picture. They were pictures of various local points of architectural interest, taken from unique angles such that they weren't readily recognizable.

Our challenge was to walk all over town and identify the points where these photos were taken, and then do a quick sketch of the area on the back of the notecard. For example, I walked past a sunken staircase numerous times before I realized it was the one on my notecard - the angle of the photo was such that the stairs looked completely different.

Years later I still remember this exercise because it was such a wonderful way to get to know the city of Boston. It forced me to look at my environment differently and to experience it differently, more deliberately.


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Great idea! I once participated in an Architecture tour too. We walked around the city as we listened to histories, interesting stories, meanings and origins of road names by our architect tour guide. It was an amazing 3 hours of knowledge and heritage. It was great learning more about my own country.

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Thanks for your example Angela. So much to learn about the places we live -- we often take our communities for granted.

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