Idris Al-Hadidi

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Assured Sense of Home

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Idris Al-Hadidi

Networking and connectivity already have a huge effect on the sense of a place and it’s only going to get more interconnected. In real estate, there has been a massive shift between selling a house into selling a home. Their focus is shifting from the black and white with how many bedrooms and bathrooms and the square footage, to selling …

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Herbert Von Placemaking

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Idris Al-Hadidi

Herbert Von King park is located two blocks from where I live in Brooklyn. As a park, it has so many things to offer. It’s a very welcoming park with six entrances allowing for easy access. There is ample seating located throughout the park. There are basketball courts which get used more often when the weather is nice. There are …

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Food, Water, and Air

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Idris Al-Hadidi

Having a strong sense of place is vital in the development of a place. Having a lack of place can doom an area into permanent obscurity. A non-place is forgettable and unimpressionable because it lacks the necessary factors that make it a place. For me grocery stores are an example of a non-place. Every single grocery store has the exact …

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Double Trouble

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Idris Al-Hadidi

Depending on your perspective I’ve had either the great opportunity or the unfortunate mishap of living in two separate suburbs. Both with their perks and both with their significant downfalls. My first suburban experience was in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I’ve spoken on this home and what it meant to me before but from an alternative question. My other suburban experience …

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New Beginnings

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Idris Al-Hadidi

“Manmade space can refine human feeling and perception,” (Tuan 102) Tuan’s quote explains the idea of place and space. The way a building is planned and built can make all the difference to those that inhabit it. An example of a manmade space refining human feeling and perception is my dorm building Weinstein Hall. The builders and designers who made …

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Best Stuy

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Idris Al-Hadidi

Flashback to the end of my second semester summer term in University hall this past summer. I thought I was a true New Yorker. My thought process was I’ve lived in New York for a year so I’ve seen it all. Little did I know I hadn’t even ventured out of the NYU bubble created by NYU dorms at all. …

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In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Idris Al-Hadidi

For this post, I took the opportunity to think back to my home in Michigan. I attempted my best recollection of the area around my house. While drawing the map, I realized just how sparse my knowledge of the surrounding area of my home is. Having lived there for six years now and driving for two-three of those my knowledge …

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Self Appreciation

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Idris Al-Hadidi

Contrary to the popular train of thought regarding the gym, that’s the place I feel most comfortable. When I’m in the gym there’s an aura that I can never find in any other place. It’s an aura of self-determination and personal betterment. I started going to the gym the beginning of my freshman year of college. At the time, I …

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In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Idris Al-Hadidi

What makes a house a home goes beyond the stiff definition of “a place of residence”. A home is a place where you where you feel safe, comfortable, and most importantly happy. I had the unpleasant experience of moving from a home to a house. It was in 2011 when 1710 Hillwood drive, the home I had the pleasure of …