Daniel Sully

View Post

Pokémon GO: A Virtual Reality

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Daniel Sully2 Comments

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 …

View Post

The Oculus

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Daniel Sully1 Comment

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Yesterday’s Today

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Daniel Sully1 Comment

“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, …

View Post

Eyes on the Street

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Daniel Sully1 Comment

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 …

View Post

The Bodega

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Daniel Sully1 Comment

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 …