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A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit

Katelyn Hewett at Loch Lomond, Scotland in February

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit dull. I could not have been more incorrect. I was hooked from the first page and finished the book in a single day. Montgomery’s vibrant examples and call to action gave me a foundation for thinking about city planning that guided me throughout my year at The Grid, where I served as both an assistant editor and french translator.

There were moments this year when I regretted taking on two roles at The Grid, when the two assignment lists I had each week grew long, or when the articles I chose to translate proved more difficult to interpret than I had anticipated. Now, however, I have to say that each role provided me with a new outlook on architecture, urban planning, and sustainability that I did not previously have.

Carcassonne, France as seen from the fortified portion of the city

As an editor, I had the privilege of reading work from bloggers around the world, helping take their ideas from draft stage to final published copy. There was something so rewarding about seeing the bloggers I worked with progress as writers and thinkers, their posts often becoming more poignant and well-written the further their internship progressed. 

As a French translator, I was the one who got to improve, and I was able to look for pertinent stories myself. While I wasn’t writing my posts from scratch, I became more invested in the French community this year thanks to The Grid. This is not to mention the boost my French skills gained from weekly translations of industry-specific material!

In my daily life, I learned to listen for those issues going on in the Francophone world that would make for an intriguing post. Some of my favorite translations include those on the use of color in the city of Brest, Romeo Mivekannin’s reflections on architecture, and the use of contemporary architecture in the historic city of Versailles. I hope to take this skill with me as I go, so that I can always be on the lookout in my community for those stories that matter.

A big thanks to The Grid for a wonderful year, and I look forward to great things from the community in the future!

Credits: Images by Katelyn Hewett. Data linked to sources.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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