Nerd alert: the highlight of today’s odyssey through Santiago completing numerous errands was finally getting Francesco Careri’s Walkscapes: El andar como práctica estética/ Walking as an Aesthetic Practice in my hands.I was doing some dissertation Spring cleaning the other day and found this title wasting away on a long-forgotten bibliography. Two years later I finally followed up with this note-to-myself and found this book in Santiago. Though Walkscapes is now available through UT’s libraries, I have a feeling that wasn’t the case when I needed it. But that’s a moot point since I’m very far away now. New versions of Careri’s text are fetching a cool $1,750 USD on Amazon. Spring cleaning led to an obsession to acquire Walkscapes.
Imagine my surprise (and relief) when the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s library at Lo Contador had seven copies. Of course, since this library serves architecture students and this book is bilingual its popularity is understandable. Lucky for me, the seventh copy was a 2-hour loan and thus available. The life-saving app, Genius Scan, once again came to the rescue to scan some key sections, earning itself an even better position in my Acknowledgments.
Here are some notable pages I’m delighted to read sometime in the future, especially since they mingle so nicely with the travesías: