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in case anyone is wondering

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on September 20, 2011

what I’m spending two years in grad school for:

from the man who brought you Helvetica and Objectified… a new documentary about the planning and designing of cities which pretty much summarizes why I’m so excited about what I’m doing.

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surprise show

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 3, 2011

We got to see the Civil Wars play a pop-up show on the Pont des Arts today!  They’ve been in Paris all week, hanging out with their entourage and shooting music videos, and for their last day here they announced they’d be playing 1 song at 1pm overlooking the Seine River and the Ile de la Cité.

Turns out, they played about 7 and then spent a while hanging out with the handful of (mostly) americans that showed up to listen.  I was really impressed with hearing them live, and they had a friendliness and spontaneity that took me back to our Nashville days…

If you haven’t heard their debut album, here’s one of my favorites.

<p><a href=”″>The Civil Wars – Forget me not</a> from <a href=”″>Green Block</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>
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the other paris

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on February 4, 2011

Spring studio is in full swing with the completion of our first assignment.   In 2 weeks a photo essay of our two sites fell together,  a less expected portrait of Paris through its high-rises.  Here’s an excerpt:

Thanks, Sama and Elise!

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paris // ny

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on November 9, 2010

With my semester in New York coming close to its end (just 4 weeks left!), the reality of moving back to Paris this January is really setting in.

…but the anticipation of returning to Paris after 6 years here in the United States has really got me wondering, where do I feel at home?

(images from the cool Paris versus New York )

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all roads lead to ny

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 20, 2010

And I couldn’t be more excited.

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walking old san juan

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 12, 2010

Who remembers spring break in Puerto Rico?  Rooftop happy hour,  three to a bed, reggaeton dance clubs, and driving through old san juan at 2am with the windows down…

Well it seems some of that might change. And contrary to my usual nostalgic disposition, this is one bit of change I kind of like… The city of San Juan has announced a plan to make Old San Juan entirely pedestrian.  This is only just part of a greater revitalization plan aiming at redeveloping and repopulating the island district of Isleta, of which Old San Juan is a neighborhood.

B y 2030, a proposed light rail system and the reconstruction of large avenues will alleviate traffic where it is still allowed, mixed-use development and preservation of much of the cities crumbling architecture will attract new residents, boosting the economy, and a pedestrian/bikeway connecting parks and the currently inaccessible and to-be-develloped waterfronts will reignite tourism to the area.

The future looks bright for Old San Juan…

PFR 2030, anyone?

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wicker park

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 29, 2010

Last weekend took me on short trip to my old neighborhood in Chicago. It hasn’t even been a year since we left, but I already feel a sense of nostalgia whenever I visit… In barely 24 hours, I had the chance to frequent some of our old neighborhood classics and was pleased to discover some new favorites as well.

Letizia’s, cappucino and muffin


My sister’s apartment, a sanctuary

Bagel on Damen, hello cream cheese

Big Star, new whiskey-tequila-taco favorite

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