Chess, Life & the City: from Bogotá to Geneva

Do you know how to play chess? Some people would classify it as an ‘intellectual’ game. Apparently chess is very much like life, it teaches you to think, plan, organise your thoughts, and take action. “The modern game—essentially unchanged now for about 500 years—is perfectly designed to stretch the human mind to its outermost limits,…

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Five Places to Return To

– Response to the Daily Post The Wanderer There is no way I can list the top five places I want to visit because I have no top 5. In my experience, setting a priority list limits the possibilities of surprise, particularly if you have your top five and have already seen photos of them…

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“The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of people we want to be, what kinds of social relations we seek, what relations we cherish, what style of life we desire…” – Rebel Cities, Harvey, 2013

Re-imagining spaces in the city: Clear out or collaborate?

(Leer en Español….) Somewhere today, on the streets of northern Bogotá, Jhonatan sells what Colombians know as ‘arepas’. They are delicious maize pancake-like things that are split through the middle and stuffed with cheese, ham and scrambled eggs, at your command. They are usually quite cheap, no more than $3,000 COL ($1.00 USD), depending on what…

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