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Phone and Spaces.

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Ivan2 Comments

The growing popularity and affordable access to new technologies constantly results in reshaping of the urban landscape. Nowadays we can see the number of free Wi-Fi street stations, which may eventually reshape the use of devices and take thousands of mobile stores out of business due to unnecessity of the existing data plans. Similarly to this, the transition of music …

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The Mirage For Profit

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Ivan2 Comments

After we’ve discussed Ada Louise Huxtable “The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion” in class I decided to read more of her work to carefully understand author’s standpoint on so-called faux public spaces. Here she says: “What concerns me as much as the state of American building is the American state of mind, in which illusion preferred over reality to the …

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“Safety” Over Originality

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Ivan1 Comment

As we move towards the process of globalization, there are more commonalities found in urban zones across the globe. As you travel from one destination to another, you may almost always expect the similar experience with regards to shopping, food services, types of recreation, and as the result, the lifestyle built upon the existing influence of multibillion corporations. For instance, …

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Flame Towers

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Ivan1 Comment

Last summer I flew to Baku to visit my close friends. Since I haven’t been there almost eight years, they decided to show me around and what had changed over the years. I was sincerely excited to see new parks, some restored buildings I remembered from the last time, as well as various summer cafes and lounges which provided a …

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Moscow City Slums

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by IvanLeave a Comment

After I read Jacobs “Death and Life of Great American Cities” I was actually surprised by the amount of relevance of his critique to what’s happening in many world’s destinations and not just American Cities. In particular, his critique towards the irrational and even spiritless city development can be viewed as one of the major problems that exist far beyond …

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Plaza De Las Americas

In A Sense of Place, 4. The Social Life of Places by Ivan1 Comment

Over the past few years, Washington Heights faced significant demographic, social, and as a result, visual changes. There are new bars, businesses, recreation areas, as well as community centers designed for the local inhabitants and their efficient cooperation and assistance. One of my favorite places in this regard called Plaza De Las Americas; a public space created to support local …

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Taste of Yemen

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by IvanLeave a Comment

I came to the United States almost nine years ago. Since then there have been many changes; I became an American citizen, I have almost completed my studies in one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I became fully independent, and perhaps, I can proudly call myself a New Yorker, who like many of us, brings a unique …