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Illustration of family looking through VR in a vintage style
Winter 2020

Travel the VR world

Interest in virtual reality tourism has shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few opportunities for people to “visit” and experience the world.

Read more about WSU research into VR tourism.

WSU Alumni Association

The WSUAA will be adding VR travel experiences for members. They recently featured a visit to Bolivia to see llamas.

Visualise

The company makes commercial VR and augmented reality (AR) experiences, such as listening to a symphony and riding in an F1 race car.

National Geographic via Oculus

The stunning imagery of National Geographic takes … » More …

Pedro Castro point of view on a motorcycle riding on a highway
Winter 2020

Exploring Baja California

A longtime motorcycle enthusiast, Pedro Castro (’92, MS Arch.), owner of Magellan Architects in Redmond—who calls himself Magellan’s “Chief Explorer Officer”— enjoys planning long rides.

He recently rode from Tijuana through Baja California with his sons, Lucas and Peter, a videographer who documented the adventure in a YouTube series.

Watch the first six episodes here, and read about Castro’s support of women and underrepresented architects.

Baja Bound Day 1: Adios Amigos

Baja Bound Day 2: Ensenadaway

Baja Bound Day 3: Mike’s Sky Rancho

Baja Bound Day 4: Nada

Baja Bound Day 5: Coco’s Corner

Baja Bound Day 6: Otro Lado

Spring 2020

Dean Karr’s Los Angeles—and a few more fun facts from the longtime videographer

Dean Karr (’88 Fine Arts) has lived in L.A. making music videos and shooting photos for many years. We asked him for some Los Angeles favorites.

Music venues: “I like the little venues where I can go see punk rock. The Fonda (Theatre) always has good music. The Regent downtown, they book a lot of punk rock there. The Greek Theatre is always great, especially how they light up the trees. It’s really beautiful. It’s like a smaller Hollywood Bowl.”

Museums: Petersen Automotive Museum and the Museum of … » More …

Road trip illustration
Spring 2014

Washington state road trips

 

Winthrop to Marblemount–North Cascades Highway—87.4 miles

cascade map

I was running late, headed for Marblemount over Washington Pass. As it grew darker, I drove through thick, swirling clouds. The clouds would part, revealing a jagged peak, then close quickly, then reveal another. It was dizzying and magical, the road before me disappearing and reappearing. It was only in 1972 that State Route 20 made the 87-mile drive from Winthrop to Marblemount possible. The highway passes through extraordinary landscape and ecological transitions, from the sagebrush of the Methow … » More …

Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible cover
Fall 2013

Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible

Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible cover

Richard D. Fulton ’75 PhD and Peter H. Hoffenberg

Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013

 

Devotees of Victorian-era writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Joseph Conrad may well recognize the current of interest in Oceania, or the South Pacific, that runs through their stories.

During that period, from the 1830s to 1901, tales, photographs, travel books, and essays all fed and informed … » More …

Summer 2011

Somewhere in France

The latest posting on our Coordinates website is from Margrit von Braun ’89 PhD, who writes from Nigeria. Margrit and her husband, Ian von Lindern, founded TerraGraphics, an environmental engineering company, in the 1980s. They have since developed an expertise in remediation of sites contaminated with heavy metals and are currently working to clean up lead contamination resulting from gold mining in Nigeria’s Zamfara State.

Over 400 children have died from the contamination. With no other income as lucrative as gold mining, the residents of Zamfara brought ore into family compounds, where women, many of whom are not allowed to leave the compound, processed … » More …