"All Summer in a Day"-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, July 26, 2010

"All Summer in a Day"

(With apologies to Ray Bradbury. Text in italics is quoted from his short story, "All Summer in a Day")

“Ready?”

“Ready.”

“Now?”

“Soon.”

“Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it?”

“Look, look; see for yourself!”

From my fourth-floor office window, I watched my students spring forth from their underground architectural studio to the plaza above, like meerkats spilling out of their dens. They came in twos and threes, cameras swinging from their necks, balancing their models as they surged out of the door, looking up at the sky expectantly.

The sun came out.

It was the color of flaming bronze and it was very large. And the sky around it was a blazing blue tile color. And the jungle burned with sunlight as the children, released from their spell, rushed out, yelling, into the springtime.

Quickly they tilted their models in the fleeting sun, capturing the shadows that they had not seen for several cloudy, rainy days.

And then—

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By: Elizabeth Grant is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech