Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/06/10 Virginia Tech campus, Blacksburg, VA

I normally visit a lot of big cities, so it’s a change of pace when I get to a smaller town. Virginia Tech — officially Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — is in Blacksburg, Virginia. Bill and Lee and I finished our afternoon meetings early, and decided to get a bit of exercise walking around campus. Starting from the entry to the northeast, we walked west on Alumni Mall, through the Torgerson Hall bridge.

The mall ends in a circle at the War Memorial. Looking back east, there’s a clearer view of the bridge at Torgerson Hall.

To the west, the plaza with monuments on it is the roof of War Memorial Chapel.

From the roof of War Memorial Chapel, Burress Hall is northeast across the Drillfield.

The Drillfield, looking directly west from the top of the War Memorial Chapel, is too vast to be captured by a wide angle lens.

From the roof of War Memorial Chapel, southwest across the Drillfield, is War Memorial Hall.

We turned to walk south. The Newman Library features a curved wall of windows.

At the other end of the library, we encountered a photographer and model in the midst of a shoot.

A little farther south is Owens Hall, enclosing dining facilities.

Turning back east, we walked around the Graduate Life Center, where, presumably, the more senior students hang out.

A little further north, we found the Squires Student Center. The recreational facilities weren’t open.

Lee and Bill found a statue of a hokie — the Virginia Tech mascot.

Walking east took us off campus, onto College Street.

Looking south on Main Street, it’s seems that the university is bigger than the town.

Virginia Tech unfortunately is most prominent to most people as the place where 32 student were killed by a sniper. Late on a summer afternoon, the campus was quiet and calm

  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • RSS on Coevolving

    • Reifying Systems Thinking towards Changes | ST-ON 2022-10-17
      The October online meeting of Systems Thinking Ontario presented an opportunity for an update on progress made by the Systems Changes Learning Circle by 2022.  A slide deck had been prepared an in-person seminar at the Universitat de Barcelona Graduate Programmes in Business, organized by Ryan C. Armstrong, one week earlier.  Our regular monthly meeting, […]
    • Knowing Better via Systems Thinking | U. Barcelona 2022-10-10
      Just before starting a trip to Spain, I received an invitation from Ryan C. Armstrong at the Universitat de Barcelona Business School to give some lectures.  The students in the bachelor’s programme in international business had a short mention of systems thinking in the first lecture of the operationa management class.  With that brief entry, […]
    • Four system traps, in undesirable regimes
      While the adaptive cycle and panarchical connections reflect the possiblity of movement from one stable state to another, it’s possible to get “stuck” in a disfavoured trap.  Social ecological systems involve both natural systems and human systems. After widespread recognition of the 2002 Panarchy book, reflections in 2010 revealed further development of the theory and […]
    • Types of learning, with panarchical change as (i) incremental, (ii) lurching, and (iii) transformational
      In order to appreciate the influence of resilience science and panarchy on ongoing research into systems changes, revisiting foundational works sometimes resurfaces insights.  In the 2002 Panarchy book, Chapter 15 provides a summary of findings. In the course of the project hat led to this volume, we identified twelve conclusions (Table 15-1) in our search for […]
    • Sustainability from ecological anthropology: the second life of trees
      What might a non-anthropocentric view of sustainability look like?  This would probably include regeneration of species alongside others in the ecosystem.  With some recent presentations, an idea that resonates with audiences is the “The Second Life of Trees”, credited by Tim Ingold (2002) to John Knight (1998).  Ingold sees continuity of life not only of […]
    • Hypotheses Concerning Living Systems | James Grier Miller
      Towards a general theory of living systems, we should be looking beyond the singletons of a hierarchical level, i.e. (i) cell, (ii) organ, (iii) organism, (iv) group, (v) organization, (vi) community, (vii) society, and (viii) supranational level. In a scientific approach, James Grier Miller created a list of hypotheses.  In the 1100+ page book, the […]
  • RSS on Media Queue

  • RSS on Ing Brief

  • Meta

  • Translate

  • Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
    Theme modified from DevDmBootstrap4 by Danny Machal