Do you ever enjoy a little “visual down time”?
[Preface by Dr. Lynda]
Sometimes I love to just close my eyes, lay back on a blanket in the grass or in a hot tub, and take in something meant to be heard, not seen. Something magical happens when skilled radio broadcasters ply their trade to bring us vivid mental pictures of interesting topics.
Such is the case with a podcast that our EWC guest writer – Liesl Ulrich-Verderber – will share with us today. She just graduated from Harvard and is starting to build her future. As she does that, she’s getting comfortable with the art of noticing things most of us take for granted. I suspect this is why today’s podcast struck her as unique and might open a few windows an doors for the rest of us too!
I’ll let her writing explain. (And remember, you too can become a guest writer for EWC!) Here’s Liesl:
Growing up in a typical small town landscape, there was this one building in my hometown that agitated me. I don’t know why, but even as a child, this building always bothered me. Somehow its shape was just… wrong. (My discomfort should have been a major red flag that architecture was my calling. What seven-year-old is upset by the misuse of architectural form?).
The building was a Key Bank with a lovely stone exterior, a glass vestibule, and a nice copper roof. But the shape of the roof was all wrong, it looked like… well it looked like a PIZZA HUT!
First, think back. Do you know a building in your area that just doesn’t sync with its surroundings or its use?
The following podcast from 99% Invisible, quelled my curious reaction to bad buildings and made me laugh out loud. Even if you’ve never had a slice of pizza or noticed a bad building, give it a listen!
And by the way, the weekly podcasts from 99% Invisible are something special so have a look around at their archives, and to get your feet wet, relax a little while with this episode. It’s their 103rd, titled “U.T.B.A.P.H.”; a wonderfully funny and interesting look at small things we may have all pondered a bit: haven’t you ever cocked your head to one side, and thought “this looks like a Pizza Hut… but WHY?”
So, while I still don’t have official confirmation that that bank used to be a Pizza Hut (it may just be an ugly building), somehow I feel I have a little more closure on the whole situation!
To look at more U.T.B.A.P.H’s check out the blog dedicated to it!
Stay beautiful and keep laughing!
Thanks Liesl! Since she shared this one with me, I’ve listened to many podcasts from their archives and I’ve been so impressed that I almost chose randomly without even paying attention to the topic. Great, creative people there!
Hope it becomes a nice addition to your week too!
It’s helped me to stay open, curious and hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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- Mars, Roman. Episode 103: U.T.B.A.P.H. 25 Feb. 2014. 99% Invisible. Web. 28 June 2015. <https://soundcloud.com/roman-mars/99-invisible-103-utbaph>. ↩