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Scaffolding: Not just for construction workers anymore

Scaffolding: Not just for construction workers anymore
Made by kevin dooley
In complex systems science, scaffolding are those structures necessary to move from an initial state to an emerged form. For example, when recapturing an area of land and bringing it back to its natural state (e.g. prairie), you will find that certain birds and plants have to be present during the transition time in order for the old form to re-emerge. Once the new state has emerged, the scaffolding comes down... BUT, without the scaffolding, no change would have occurred. Another example: Mary Poppins. The concept of scaffolding has attraction to social scientists and educators too. From: condor.admin.ccny.cuny.edu/~group4/ Scaffolding instruction as a teaching strategy originates from Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and his concept of the zone of proximal development (ZPD). “The zone of proximal development is the distance between what children can do by themselves and the next learning that they can be helped to achieve with competent assistance. The scaffolding teaching strategy provides individualized support based on the learner’s ZPD. In scaffolding instruction a more knowledgeable other provides scaffolds or supports to facilitate the learner’s development. The scaffolds facilitate a student’s ability to build on prior knowledge and internalize new information. The activities provided in scaffolding instruction are just beyond the level of what the learner can do alone. The more capable other provides the scaffolds so that the learner can accomplish (with assistance) the tasks that he or she could otherwise not complete, thus helping the learner through the ZPD. (Image of Philadelphia City Hall. August 2007) (Explore 1.18.2008--Thanks friends!)

After Hours

After Hours
Made by darth_bayne
Wanted to switch gears, but keep the general city theme. I’ll be putting up the rest of my pictures from Stockholm a bit later. But for now here’s a long exposure shot that I took in Center City Philadelphia last weekend. I was actually hoping for another shot after I took this one with a different lens but I was interrupted by two shady guys in a car, who I thought was planning to rob me. The long and short of the story is that I had my tripod all set up and was taking these long exposure photos along the side of the road, when these guys in a car pulled and just looked at what I was doing. At first I thought they would drive off and would be on their way, but as soon as they drove away they quickly stopped and backed up. At the moment I thought to myself it’s time to go. The guy in the passenger seat rolls down the window and asks me if I wanted him to take my picture. I almost laughed considering that I had a tripod in my hand as well as it being at night. Forgive me for saying this but I thought to myself, “How stupid do you think I look”. Anyhow at this moment I told them I was good, picked up my gear and walked to a nearby hotel with people outside of it. The guys then sat in the car for a few minutes and then parked, with their eyes on me the whole time. They ended up getting out of the car and going in a different direction. Pretty shady eh? Anyhow, Happy Hump day everyone, only a few more days left till Friday! ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall
Made by todd landry photography
3/25/2010: Philadelphia City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 167 m (548 ft), including the statue, it is the world's second-tallest masonry building, only 1.6 feet (0.49 m) shorter[3] than Mole Antonelliana in Turin[4]. The weight of the building is borne by granite and brick walls up to 22 feet (6.7 m) thick, rather than steel; the principal exterior materials are limestone, granite, and marble. It was the tallest habitable building (although surpassed by monuments) in the world from 1901 to 1908 and the tallest in Pennsylvania until 1932 when surpassed by the Gulf Tower. It remained the tallest building in Philadelphia until the construction of One Liberty Place (1984-1987) broke the informal gentlemen's agreement that limited the height of tall buildings in the city; it currently is the 15th-tallest building in Pennsylvania. The building was designed by Scottish-born architect John McArthur, Jr., in the Second Empire style, and was constructed from 1871 until 1901 at a cost of $24 million. Originally designed to be the world's tallest building, by the time it was completed it had already been surpassed by the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower, though it was indeed the world's tallest habitable building at the time of opening. With close to 700 rooms, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States and one of the largest in the World. from wikipedia.

Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower
Made by darth_bayne
A Great Big Thank You to You All!!! This definitely is a better day than the day before I posted this photo. Frontpage of Explore: Highest position #18 If anyone had as crap a Monday as I had please raise your hand. I’m so glad that day is over. It’s nothing like getting crap the minute you walk into your place of work. And the best thing is when it wasn’t something you’ve done or caused. The day only got more fun as the hours peeled away. There must be something in the rules of life that state if you have a great weekend, your Monday is sure to be jacked up. Anyhow this is why I decided to post this photo, because it reminded me of an Ivory Tower. It was definitely a place I surely wanted to be yesterday. Way at the tippy top LOL! The photo was shot in Center City Philadelphia actually not far from the place I took the last one in this series. The building you’re looking at is CityHall. The building was constructed from 1871 until 1901 and is the world's tallest masonry building. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re in Philadelphia. I’m on my way to work now, let’s hope it starts better than the last. Hope you all are doing well! ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***

LOVE

LOVE
Made by ken m photography
LOVE Park (official name: JFK Plaza) is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed LOVE Park for Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture which overlooks the plaza. LOVE Park is the brainchild of former Philadelphia City Planner Edmund Bacon and architect Vincent Kling. The park is across from City Hall and was designed as a terminus for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The park, which was designed by Vincent Kling, was built in 1965 and covers an underground parking garage. The main features of the plaza are curved granite steps and a single spout fountain which was added in 1969. What was once the city visitor center was closed down for five years, but opened up in May 2006 as The Fairmount Park Welcome Center. The park was dedicated in 1967 as John F. Kennedy Plaza after President John F. Kennedy. The now famous LOVE sculpture, designed by Robert Indiana, was first placed in the plaza in 1976 as part of the United States' Bicentennial celebration. It was removed in 1978, but the sculpture was missed and the chairman of Philadelphia Art Commission, F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., bought the sculpture and permanently placed it in the plaza, in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOVE_Park

Masonic Temple - Philadelphia, PA

Masonic Temple - Philadelphia, PA
Made by todd landry photography
7/12/2010: The Masonic Temple, built is 1873, is a historic Masonic building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located at One North Broad Street, directly across from Philadelphia City Hall, it serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The temple receives thousands of visitors every year who visit the ornate structure including its seven ornate lodge rooms, where today a number of Philadelphia lodges and the Grand Lodge conduct their meetings. The massive granite cornerstone, weighing ten tons, was leveled on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24, 1868. The ceremonial gavel used on that day by Grand Master Richard Vaux was the same gavel used by President George Washington in leveling the cornerstone of the nation's Capitol building in 1793. The bold and elaborate elevations of Norman architecture on Broad and Filbert Streets, especially the beautiful Norman portico of Quincy granite, make it one of the great architectural wonders of the City of Philadelphia. The exterior stone of the building on Broad and Filbert Streets was constructed of Cape Ann Syenite from Syne in Upper Egypt. On May 27, 1971, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a National Historic Landmark.

City Hall - Partial View of the West entrance

City Hall - Partial View of the West entrance
Made by ken m photography
Best Viewed in Large size. An elaborate temple of local politics, City Hall is one of the nation's finest examples of French Second -Empire Architectural style. The west entrance of city hall Is the smallest and least ornate of the four entrances. the west was used to bring prisoners in and out of the building and they were spared the opulance that is the North, South, and East entrances. The allegorical theme on this side is Justice which is reflected in the keystone over the entrance that symbolizes Sympathy ( not shown in this view). Flanking the keystone are reliefs of an anchor and a balance indicating Hope and Justice. Above the portal, at the second story spandrels, a bowed and bearded figure with outstretched hands demands Repentence from a youthful figure with chin in hand. A mother scolds a child in a display of Admonition in the other spandrel. to the left and right of the third stoey spandrels are the sculptures of Prayer and Meditation. As this is the west view, the head of a buffalo, symbolizes the American western frontier. A male and a female pioneer flank the huge buffalo head in this representive sculpture of America. The columns supporting the dormer and its buffalo above are an Indian man and woman.

Love park, Philadelphia

Love park, Philadelphia
Made by Arun Sundar
Photographed is Love Park, Philadelphia centre city. I saw one of the photographs of the Love park in Flickr last week and instantly wanted to go there and take an HDR. When I reached there, I saw close to 50 kids playing skateboards (though in the website it was mentioned that skateboarding has been banned in the park). Having no other option since there was always kids swarming around this structure, I strolled around taking pictures around the park. In about 10 minutes, I saw a cop car pull over in one of the entrances to the park and I thought it was for me. The reason is quite silly, because that morning when I walked across Ben Franklin bridge taking photographs of the bridge, a cop came up to me and warned me not to take pictures of the bridge. So, I thought this cop at the park was for me too. As I was wondering if he is coming closer to me, the place became suddenly silent. I turned over and saw that all the skateboard kids took off. Ha! Thanks to the cop. The love park was all for myself! I spent the next half hour taking photographs of the Love statue and the buildings. After spending yesterday evening at Phili centre city, I have got a new found respect/love for the city!

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Made by kevin dooley
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia. From www.paconvention.com/art/history.asp: The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) represents the largest public construction project undertaken in the state of Pennsylvania. The Grand Hall and Ballroom occupy the renovated Reading Terminal Trainshed, the oldest surviving single-span arched trainshed roof structure in the world, and the only one of its kind remaining in the United States. The PCC also preserved the Reading Terminal Market on the ground level of the Trainshed, maintaining the continuous use of that location as a market place since 1653. The PCC, located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, makes this convention center one of the few such major facilities actively integrated into an urban center allowing our visitors access to a host of restaurants, shops, cultural institutions and other downtown amenities. The exterior of the building reflects the traditional construction materials of the historic Philadelphia streetscape; internally, it combines state-of-the-art-meeting facilities with a hotel-like ambiance.

Sunset on Market Street...

Sunset on Market Street...
Made by darth_bayne
I’d like to thank everyone who left insightful comments about the topic I posted yesterday and it seems like we are all on the same wavelength about what makes a great photo. I think for the time being I’ll stick to the stuff I have and work with lenses before upgrading to another camera. Although I haven’t been posting, I’ve been taking photos whenever I get the chance. So I decided one day to only shoot with my 17-40mm lens, which with a 1.6x crop turns into 27-64mm. I was very surprised to see how well it handled in the city. Although it’s not as wide as the 10-20mm sigma lens, I was able to get a lot of the scenes I wanted to shoot. It might be because of the longer focal length but it really did well handling barrel distortion in the city with all the building. About the photo: A handheld HDR taken with a canon 17-40mm lens. The shot is a vertorama composed of 6 shots. Each half is composed of two 3xp shots. Photomatix and photoshop was used for the processing. To see in Large: ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***

Fountain Blue

Fountain Blue
Made by jomak14
(Explore: #278 on Sunday, November 28, 2010) In May 21, 2003 the Love Park fountain was dyed pink as a stunt by unknown individuals. It turned out that the dye was non-toxic and did not hurt the fountain. Rather than make a big deal about the practical joke, Mayor John Street took advantage of it and the city began dying the fountain for other occasions, starting with the 4th of July, 2003. The Love Park fountain is now often dyed colors throughout the year to commemorate or celebrate events. Regular colors have included: Pink - kickoff for breast cancer awareness month (annually in October) Blue - commemoration of police officer fatalities Green - in honor of the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series, Phanatic Green- October 29, 2008 WOOHOO!!!! Red - marketing event for Showtime's Dexter Excerpt from www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM9EZC_Love_Park_Fountain_Phi... Olympus Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 [ 0.001 sec (1/1600) | f/2.8 | FLength 17 mm | ISO 400 | Manual exposure ]

Intermission

Intermission
Made by darth_bayne
Many of you may have already seen this photo before. It’s similar to a shot I put up here on flickr sometime ago. So why post something similar you ask? Well I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop and learning more about how to process photos with it, in particular HDR’s. This photo is my first photo, totally processed in CS3 without any additional tone mapping in Photomatix. I’ve posted a link to compare the two photos. Can you guys see the difference? Hope you all have had a great weekend! About the Photo: Processed only in Photoshop with no tone mapping. I wanted to try this to see if I could achieve the same or better results with using only photoshop. I have to mention though that photomatix is definitely much easier and faster processing HDR’s. Photoshop was a lot more time consuming, but to me gave cleaner and sharper results. ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***

Chinatown

Chinatown
Made by ken m photography
The 1500-pound dragons squirming on top of thin stainless steel poles look precarious at 9th and Arch Streets. Sculptor Ward Eliker was inspired by Chinese New Year parades where dragons are held aloft by bamboo poles. Eliker says the snakelike dragons are meant to be a welcoming gateway into Chinatown, not an image of ferocity. The four dragons cost a total of three hundred thousand dollars. They were commissioned two years ago by the Parkway Corporation, which owns the parking lot and adjacent condominiums. Construction of the condominiums required the one-percent investment in a public art installation. whyy.org/cms/news/regional-news/2009/04/08/chinatown-to-g... www.philadelphiaweekly.com/arts-and-culture/There-Be-Drag...

Strange attractor?

Strange attractor?
Made by kevin dooley
I have been posting, and will post several more Philly shots. This one is too, but what the heck, it's the weekend, so why not go AbStRaCt. The pattern has a weak fractal form, and is made interesting because of the quasi-periodic loops. If we consider the way it was made, it can give us more general insight into how certain patterns come about... The picture was made by moving the camera in a fast, circular motion while aiming at street lights below my hotel window. The rectangular regularity of the street lights induced self-similarity amongst the loops, and the jerkiness of my motion made the loops less-than-perfect. While not technically a chaotic strange attractor, it depicts a low dimensional nonlinear dynamical system, so that's close enough... #348 in Explore, 8.11.2007

At The End of the Tunnel...

At The End of the Tunnel...
Made by darth_bayne
I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel again and I really can't wait to be done with the stage of my academic career. It's definitely not fun, I can tell you that. But once it's over, it's over and I'l never have to deal this stuff again. But I must say it feels good to be almost done. Anyhow just a quick post between writing, hope you all are doing well! About the Photo: I took this shot on a short walk around Philly last year. Nothing really fancy done processing-wise. Just a single shot, converted into B&W via photoshop. Details: Camera: Canon 350D Lens: Sigma 10-20mm Av: f 10 Tv: 1/100sec Iso: 400 ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***

It's the building that's miniature

It's the building that's miniature
Made by kevin dooley
I was looking back at my Philadelphia shots from the summer and decided there were a few more I'd like to post. From www.oldenburgvanbruggen.com/clothespin.htm: Clothespin, 1976 Cor-Ten and stainless steels 45 ft. x 12 ft. 3 in. x 4 ft. 6 in. (13.7 x 3.7 x 1.4 m) Centre Square Plaza, Fifteenth and Market streets, Philadelphia Fabricated by Lippincott, Inc., North Haven, Connecticut. Engineer: J. Robert Jennings Commissioned May 1974 by Jack Wolgin, through the Redevelopment Authority's Fine Arts Program Installed June 25, 1976 Inaugurated July 1, 1976 (Explore 1.17.2008--Thanks friends!)

Philadelphia: City Hall

Philadelphia: City Hall
Made by wallyg
Gothic and neoclassical influences dominate the features of City Hall. The statue of William Penn that resides atop City Hall's clock tower remains a Philadelphia skyline marker—until the 1980s there was a gentleman's agreement that no Philadelphia building would be built higher than the rim of Penn's hat. City Hall provides a majestic backdrop for shoppers and businesspersons alike as it is situated on the intersection of the city's two main arteries, Broad and Market Streets. In 2007, Philadelphia City Hall was ranked #21 on the AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture list. National Register #76001666

"I Prefer More Noise"

"I Prefer More Noise"
Made by adaminspired
Twitter Portfolio General George McClellan rides his horse just outside Philadelphia's City Hall building. He's known for his quote All things very quiet on this bank of the Chickahominy. I would prefer more noise. This shot stole my heart when I saw it. I honestly was trying to get more interesting shots of City Hall but was also capturing everything around me. Saw the angle and went for it. HDR: 3 Brackets handheld. Merged in Photomatix, edited in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS5.

Downtown Philadelphia

Downtown Philadelphia
Made by todd landry photography
2/15/2011: Today, an image of downtown Philadelphia taken from the top floor ballroom of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. I tried everything I could to get on the roof to get a wider angle of the entire City, but this was the best vantage point I could get. I still think it turned out OK, but I had to darken the sky a bit as you could see reflections in the glass of the ceiling and lights in the room. Let me know what you think. Visit www.toddlandryphotography.com/blog for more.

Atop City Hall

Atop City Hall
Made by jomak14
William Penn (October 14, 1644–July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. www.ushistory.org/penn/bio.htm More images at With Lens Wide-Open: Soutbound on Broad Street. LUMIX 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 on a G2 [ 0.2 sec (1/5) | f/5.6 | FLength 14 mm | ISO 400 ]



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Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center
Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion construction site
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