I’ve spent a lot of time wandering around Porto this past week, visiting new-to-me neighborhoods and taking photos with my trusty but ancient iPhone 6s.
I need to replace this phone soon, but I hang on to my tech as long as possible—damned planned obsolescence makes me so mad! I’ve already replaced the battery, but now certain apps won’t update—so I guess it’s time. Anyway…
The weather has been beautiful, perfect for wandering, but it looks like we’re in for a week of rain starting on Sunday. The weather report is wrong here so much of the time that I’ll believe it when the raindrops are hitting my head. And I never let a little rain stop me from getting out.
I’ve only included a few images in this newsletter so as not to overwhelm your inbox, but you can find the rest of the photos in a separate post, which I will add to over the next few weeks.
Yikes! Take a look at the world’s longest suspension bridge that opened in Portugal’s Aveiro district, the 516 Arouca Bridge
Urban planning and how cities work is a topic I’m deeply interested in, so thank you, Amy, for pointing me to this article: What Would A City Look Like If It Were Designed Entirely By And For Women? These Places Offer A Glimpse
Inequality is spatially reinforced by design, from our systems all the way down to individual public spaces. ~ urban planner Jennifer Gardner and design researcher Larissa Begault
“Maputo, like nearly every city on the planet, was designed by men. Because urban planning and architecture have long been dominated by men, the reality of how women use and travel through spaces has too often been an afterthought in the design of urban environments, leading to inconveniences (such as small public restrooms) as well as serious dangers (such as low visibility areas) for women.”
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