When interviewing staff, I took note of symbols perhaps before taking note of stories. While a Dartmouth-crested polo commands uniformity in a way that makes a staff member seamlessly blend into the background, a wedding ring, Boston Red Sox hat and wrist tattoo reaffirm personhood and individuality.
I learned a great deal about perspective in these interviews. Consider the Green. We see a space where students lounge between classes, where tours traverse with visitors, where a farmer’s market gathers in warm months. On the other hand, staff see a space where underground sprinkler systems cross like road maps, where re-seeding is done frequently, where constant maintenance is needed to keep up appearances.
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