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Pokémon GO: A Virtual Reality

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Daniel Sully

Pokemon GO undisputedly created a new and captivating way of experiencing space and place. Although the app had its heyday in the summer of 2016, it’s making a slight resurgence after the release of a long-awaited update. The game takes the world around us and superimposes onto it another, familiar world: the world of Pokémon. Point your phone (and its …

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The Oculus

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Daniel Sully

After the events of 9/11, I remember there being a long-lasting feeling of there just being a sort of hole in lower Manhattan. Where the World Trade Center once was, there was now just the memories of that awful day. I wondered what the city could possibly replace the Twin Towers with – if they ever even could – and how …

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A Vernacular Supermarket

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

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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The Cost of Sprawl

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

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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Yesterday’s Today

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Daniel Sully

“Like any lie, Modernism was eventually found out, but it didn’t skulk ashamedly into the thickets of history. Corporate America still needed large cheap buildings, and the architectural profession still needed corporate America.” – James Howard Kunstler, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” Have you ever been in a place and wondered about its past lives? The people walking through halls before you did, …

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Eyes on the Street

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Daniel Sully

According to Jane Jacobs, a city equipped to handle strangers needed to have three qualities. The first, a clear demarcation between public and private space. Jacobs believed they could not “ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.” The second is this idea of “eyes on the street” – people casually ensuring the safety of …

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Manhattan from Memory

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Daniel Sully

After our class discussion on imageability and the capacity to recognize a city from even just a segment of its grid, I was intrigued by the prospect of creating a cognitive map. I have particularly good navigational and directional skills, so much so that my friends tend to rely on me more faithfully than the GPS on their phones. This …

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The Bodega

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Daniel Sully

In high school, we were allowed to go outside for lunch. This came with an immense sense of freedom – we weren’t limited to the (typically ghastly) cafeteria food. We could give our money to whatever establishment we so desired – somedays we settled for McDonald’s, other days from a local pizzeria. My friends and I weren’t a particularly picky …