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New Wave in New York

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Dylan Beach1 Comment

I can’t quite call in grungy, because that came about a decade later and on the other side of the country, but there is a certain spirit of place associated with New York City in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I can’t quite call it punk either, because the majority of that movement had either died or was in …

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Re-appropriated Space

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Dylan Beach1 Comment

It seems to me that a good way to approach post-modernism generally, but also in terms of the specific architecture lens for this post, is a focus on the word re-appropriation. Both the readings for today were pretty critical of the modernist movement in that ‘newness’ was seen as essentially beneficial just by virtue of being new. The J.B Jackson piece …

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Marin County; Not the Typical Suburb

In A Sense of Place, Suburbia by Dylan Beach1 Comment

Until I could drive, Marin County seemed like an average dull suburb. Specifically, I grew up in the rolling hill area of Terra Linda (nicknamed Terrible Linda), which is particularly resonant with Kunstler’s “The Geography of Nowhere.” The houses and cars and streets are basically interchangeable. The closest attraction is a gigantic shopping mall, which is right next to the …

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Summer in Stuyvesant Town

In A Sense of Place, Utopia by Dylan Beach1 Comment

The summer after my sophomore year, I moved into my first off campus apartment, located off the ‘20th street loop’ in the north section of Stuyvesent Town. With two other roommates and only one bedroom, I opted for the living room ‘bedroom,’ which was separated from the television and dining area by a DIY curtain barrier. I’m glad I lived …

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The “gem-like flame” of a City at Sunrise

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach1 Comment

Taking my cue from Alan Lightman’s refreshing discourse about memory’s hold on our habits of navigating familiar places, I’d like to write about a time of re-discovering, or re-navigating, an already familiar place. Immediately following my sophomore year at NYU, I landed a job, moved out to Brooklyn (Greenpoint), and bought a bike. With all these changes to my routine, …

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New York ‘Public’ Transportation

In Social Spaces, New York City, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach2 Comments

I’m not exactly sure what constitutes as ‘public space’ in America today. The British, as early as the late 12th Century, started privatizing what might have been known as ‘public space’ (a process known as Enclosure). Therefore, it is arguable that the Western World, including New York, doesn’t really have ‘public space,’ for there are certainly no ejidos to be …

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Reflections on the Skate-Park

In Topophilia, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach2 Comments

Spending time in a skate-park can be an insightful way to learn about the place you are traveling. The skate-park, is a typically unmediated assembly of youth (or at least youthful spirit, for you older skaters reading this), in that there are rarely parents or teachers or other authority figures hanging around. If the boys and girls in blue do …