Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Persian Fire Fest: The Eve of the Red Wednesday Festival

Last Wednesday of the Persian year is know as "Chahar Shanbeh Soori", the eve of which is marked by special customs and rituals, most notably jumping over fire. On the eve of last Wednesday of the year, literally the eve of 'Red Wednesday', bonfires are lit in public places, it is hoped for enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year. The festival is celebrated on Tuesday night to make sure all bad spirits are chased away and Wednesday will pass uneventfully. All is to welcome spring on Saturday, March 20.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Portland Urban Form

What does "urban form" mean?
Urban form refers to the spatial imprint of an urban transport system as well as the adjacent physical infrastructures. Jointly, they confer a level of spatial arrangement to cities. This picture shows just one view (out of many) of the urban form in Portland.