Cayla Delardi

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Cultural Studies and Placemaking

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Cayla Delardi1 Comment

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs My academic concentration and personal interest lies in the field of cultural studies. In fact, for my senior thesis, I am currently writing about skateboarding as a subcultural practice, an expansive, commercially successful industry, and an inventive use …

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Sound and Vision: The Spirit of Place in Music

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Cayla Delardi1 Comment

In the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll course I’m taking this semester, we spend a lot of time talking about the variety of experiences and places that music has been rooted in historically—a theme which seems particularly apropos for this assignment. Like poets or authors, musicians often write songs that describe their vision of a location, whether it’s their hometown, …

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Placelessness of The Hard Rock Cafe

In A Sense of Place, No-Places by Cayla Delardi1 Comment

The Hard Rock Cafe is one of the worst offenders of placelessness in my view.  This is because it encompasses almost every aspects of the concept that Relph describes all at once; they are kitschy, museumified, Disneyfied, homogenous, corporate, tourist hotspots. Whew. Admittedly, I’ve been to several Hard Rocks all around the world: New York City, Orlando, Amsterdam, Atlantic City, San …

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You Can’t Move History

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Cayla Delardi2 Comments

When I think about issues of place and historic preservation, the first thing that comes to mind is the inspiration for my senior thesis: the undercroft at the Southbank Centre in London, the oldest continually used, found (i.e. not purpose-built) skate spot in the world.  In 2013, while spending my second year abroad in London, I witnessed the unfolding of a commercial …

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Spreckels Park

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Cayla DelardiLeave a Comment

Coronado, California is an island resort city just outside of San Diego that markets itself as an escape from bustling city life.  Although it has its own school district and about 25,000 permanent residents, the city relies substantially on tourism, capitalizing on its picturesque beach, the historic Hotel Del Coronado, and the range of (predominantly) independently owned shops and restaurants. …

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Long Island’s Changing Landscape

In A Sense of Place, Suburbia by Cayla DelardiLeave a Comment

I grew up on Long Island in the moderately sized, centrally located suburb of Hicksville. Hicksville is the northerly neighbor to Levittown, which Dolores Hayden describes as a mass-produced suburb sprung from potato farms after World War II.  Known for the uniformity and low-cost designs of its homes, Levittown became the archetype for many future suburbs. When I was a …

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Lost in Greenwich

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Cayla Delardi1 Comment

If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s my ability to orient myself even in entirely new places, which means that I don’t get lost too often. But as I mentioned in my last blog post, it’s fairly easy to get lost in London.  ————— It was the first week of my freshman year of college, and as part of …

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The Concert Line

In Social Spaces, A Sense of Place by Cayla Delardi1 Comment

Over the course of my life, I’ve been to hundreds of concerts at all kinds of places: stadiums, churches, clubs, warehouses, and everything in between.  No matter the venue, my friends and I typically show up early to make sure we get the best front row spots, so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve spent more time in line for …