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Food Exit 110A

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Michelle Johnson1 Comment

Driving North on the 5 from Los Angeles, the rest stops off the freeway appeared like clock-work; every 20 to 30 minutes you spotted a giant blue sign advertising an assortment of fast food and gas stations. These strange hubs exist directly next to the freeway offramp, usually consisting of 3 or 4 streets that were completely surrounded by nothing but …

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A Vernacular Supermarket

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Daniel Sully1 Comment

When I thought about places around me that could be considered vernacular in architecture or development, I thought about my local supermarket. When my family first moved to Manhattan from the Bronx, we originally shopped for groceries between this supermarket (which was then known as a Bravo supermarket), and a C-Town a few blocks down. My mother has always been adamant about …

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what our architecture says

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Melvin0 Comments

I find vernacular architecture to be another interesting architectural topic that I did not think about before. JB Jackson explored America and took the landscape and write about what it says about our people and our culture. Wikipedia noted that the “local environment and the construction materials it can provide, govern many aspects of vernacular architecture. Places with a lot …

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In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Sarah0 Comments

Suitcase, check. Boarding pass, check.  I.D., check.  Three California burritos, check.  Yep, you are not mistaken, that was my sister’s checklist as she boarded the plane back to Villanova from Southern California after her first winter break home from college.  If you have never been to Southern California then you may think she is crazy, you’re probably a bit confused …

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The Wonder Years

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Ella2 Comments

I watch television shows like The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks and The Brady Bunch and am constantly envious of the buildings, streets, and landscapes shown. Each of these shows depicts the everyday lives of a family and the world they interact with in decades gone by. Whether it be a scene at school, in a car on the …

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New Jersey

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Leslie0 Comments

I was born, raised, and still live in New York City. I never moved to the suburbs for an extended period of time. One of my aunts did move to New Jersey to live a more calm and serene life away from the city with her children, and now husband. My aunt hosted barbeques, and sleepovers, and I would come …

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The Cost of Sprawl

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Daniel Sully0 Comments

I watched the above video about suburban sprawl in the 1950s. I’ve never lived in a suburb and have rarely visited any, so I didn’t really know this was such an issue. The video is obviously a little dated (the population of the U.S was 185 million at the time of its creation…), but it’s interesting to be able to watch it …

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The Vernacular South

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Tori0 Comments

The south: the American sweet-spot of oddities, strange gas stations, and ramshackle buildings galore. As a child, the closest city to my home was Winston-Salem, North Carolina– also known as the only city in the country to have its name abbreviated by the United States Postal Service– which is the smallest city founded equally by Moravians and RJ Reynolds, the kingpin …

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On Living Pipes

In 8. The Vernacular Landscape, Uncategorized by Alejandro Ribadeneira1 Comment

A recent interest of mine is that of urban gawking. More romantically, I like to call myself an architectural flaneur with a love for iPhoneography. This interest was manifested when New York City started to speak to me, in unexpected spaces and moments. My eye for objects turned into an eye for seeing objects anthropomorphize and, effectually, be part of …

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In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Lulu1 Comment

When my sister and I would go to the playground we would always stop at the kiosk that stood at the corner of the park. I would usually buy a popsicle with my pocket money. When I go home to visit and pass it, I usually swing by and get a small treat. It stands at an angle close to …

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Just like Christmas on the Equator

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Alejandro Ribadeneira2 Comments

Growing up in the global south (with innumerable inputs from North America in the media) can be seen as a series of disappointing circumstances. Firstly, Christmas as a phenomenon cause severe cognitive dissonance. All of those Christmas trees, snowmen and women, woolen hats and sweaters, they simply did not fit in Ecuador—but they were the image that the TV portrayed of …

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Pepe’s Cafe: Classic Old Town ambiance in a Modern World.

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Rex0 Comments

Whenever I travel to a new place, it’s the vernacular landscape that captures my attention diverting my gaze to observe the authentic representation of a place through the eyes of the locals. Sun kissed skin and salty hair come natural to the bohemian, island living locals in Key West, Florida—the last key on a stretch of islands located south of …

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Vernacular consumerism

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Jonathan1 Comment

It is interesting to consider the extent to which we “make a home for ourselves” somewhere can constitute an act of architecture, an act of construction which changes an environment just enough to assure a hermeneutics of space within an immediate room. This can be seen in nearly everything we do, from pulling shut a shower curtain and dividing ourselves from the rest …

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Le Pen is Mightier than the Sword?

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Paris by Anna L1 Comment

After leaving the United States two days after Trump was inaugurated, you would think that I’d be fleeing to a place where the political climate wouldn’t be as tense. This assumption was far from the truth that I’d find upon talking to people here in France about politics. Here in Paris, we are currently in the middle of the next …

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You Say Sunday, I Say Funday!

In The Art of Travel, Paris by Clara0 Comments

Mondays loom ahead. Hangovers may loom behind. The last chores of the week can be procrastinated no more. Sandwiched between the rush of Friday and Saturday and the structure of the school week, Sundays can end up being more stressful than relaxing. However, during my time in Paris I’ve experienced this anxiety less and less. Stores are closed, fewer cars …

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Majestic Oceans

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Sydney by Brianna0 Comments

Australia is a place surrounded by oceans, and it’s its sandstone coasts and heavy waves that embody the spirit of the place. I have been to several beaches since I’ve been here, but the most beautiful things I have seen have been the waves crashing against the cliffs in both Melbourne and Sydney. I took a tour of the Great …

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Les Fenêtres

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Paris by Zoya0 Comments

It’s 10:13AM, just 47 minutes until my first class starts. I’m sitting in grey faux leather couch chair that has just enough right angles to be professional but enough soft surfaces for it to be comfortable. I prop my feet up on the small coffee table in front of me and look around. It’s definitely rude to be taking up …

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Three Minutes Away

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Prague by Mimi1 Comment

Many images come to mind when I think of Prague. The cobblestone streets. The pastel colored buildings. The intricate churches scattered throughout the city. The city of one hundred spires is known for Charles Bridge, Charles University, Old Town Square and other iconic landmarks. However, to me, the best representation of the soul of Prague is found on an odd …

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Food For Thought…

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Paris by Anna L1 Comment

When you think of France, and more specifically Paris, you think of a glass of wine (or two) with your meal, a delicious croissant in the morning from that boulangerie around the corner from where you are staying, or the perfect plate of canard confit. Basically, you think of food. Yes, the food is absolutely fantastic here and I’m almost …

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In the Hands of Activists

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G1 Comment

Buenos Aires is home to so many people. It is home to immigrants, party-goers, intellectuals, craftsmen/women, indigenous peoples, old and new money, the youth and the elderly. Buenos Aires is a city for every type of person. Something that I truly think most porteños have in common is their political awareness. They are so “woke” here, more than anywhere that …

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In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Abu Dhabi by Raven2 Comments

Last week, the university held a music festival called Barzakh here on campus. With several artists brought together from all over the world, this festival was a celebration of all things New York University Abu Dhabi, and further Abu Dhabi itself. Students and faculty and professors alike coming alive to thundering beats in one dark space. One band: an eight-piece …

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We The People

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Washington DC by Daniela0 Comments

When thinking about what makes a place important, there are differences to be considered for Washington. D.C., the capital of our nation, hosts the most powerful politicians, agencies, and organizations in our country and possibly in the world. This city is inherently important, but who made it this way? WE THE PEOPLE. At some point in our history, our founding fathers …

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Na zdraví!

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Places, Prague by Abie2 Comments

The first Czech word I learned was “Na zdraví!” which directly translates to “to your health” but is the Czech version of “Cheers!”. My RA dinner was at a microbrewery, my first day trip was to the famous Pilsner brewery, and my first drink here was a Czech lager. Beer is a very important part of Czech culture and the …

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Your life on a map — a Toronto cartographer turned artist is doing it

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

Metro Toronto: An impossible map hangs on Andrew Alfred-Duggan’s wall. From a distance, it’s familiar, the colour and markings akin to your standard city map. But if the scale is to be believed, Toronto’s Union Station is a stop away from Paris’ Abbesses metro station and Collingwood looks out over Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the midst of the …

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The Best Places to Walk in Paris

In Paris News, News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

New York Times: In her new book, “Flâneuse,” Lauren Elkin expands the concept of the flâneur — that aristocratic bohemian man strolling the city streets, possibly with a top hat or some other touch of the dandy — to include women wanderers from Virginia Woolf to Sophie Calle (one of whose works will be featured in “Person of the Crowd: …

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How Trump Has Taken Away Our Homes

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

The New York Times, By MASHA GESSEN and MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: We wrote this together because we have a few things in common. Some are obvious: Both of us came to the United States as teenagers fleeing Communist regimes; both of us are queer. We are also both moved alternately to tears and to rage by the actions of the new …

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My Paris: Seduced by the Past

In Paris News, News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

The New York Times: The streets of the Marais are narrow enough in some places that sunlight pierces the shadowy canyons between its soaring Renaissance-era buildings for just a few hours a day. At night the lanes take on a mysterious, medieval air when streetlamps sputter to life, casting a sheen on timeworn turrets, carved doors and stone mansions. Slip …

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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

In extra, News, SOP News by Prof0 Comments

PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

NY Times: Just over half of America, having voted for Hillary Clinton, awoke the next morning to a country that seems not only unfamiliar but upside-down. Populists embrace a celebrity billionaire, evangelicals welcome a foul-mouthed Lothario, conservatives accept an opportunist whose only ideological commitment is to himself. The Republican establishment proves helpless against the hijacking of the party, the mainstream …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …

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The Importance of Placemaking and Unlocking Community Capital

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments In Europe and North America, millions of citizens are moving back to cities and denser urban areas. These interconnected networks have served as hubs of innovation for centuries, providing our societies with the best opportunities to succeed, leading to the creation of the world’s most innovative products, companies, and people. With the rapid growth and production of the automobile …

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