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Lightbulb Ideas

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Melvin2 Comments

As I read The Networking of Public Space, I look around and I the things I see happening confirm the suspicions that I read about in their writing. I was in 5th grade when I got my first phone. It was a flip phone, and that was the time when I was first introduced to the wonders and the horrors …

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False Paradise

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Melvin2 Comments

At the pinnacle of place making, I see Disneyland. Disneyland has a sense of place. Disneyland is the apex of amusement parks around the world. Each of the Disney lands are a global attraction spot for tourists to come visit from all over the world. From California to Florida, to Tokyo, to Paris, to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Each Disneyland …

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Super Farmers

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Melvin1 Comment

The effect of the development of our technology has made it that we are more removed from our immediate surroundings. With the combined forces of capitalism and modernization, we have become more and more alienated from the earth. In both our actions, and in our relationships to our spaces. We now have the power to build over nature. As a …

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What our architecture says

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by MelvinLeave a Comment

I find vernacular architecture to be another interesting architectural topic that I did not think about before. JB Jackson explored America and took the landscape and write about what it says about our people and our culture. Wikipedia noted that the “local environment and the construction materials it can provide, govern many aspects of vernacular architecture. Places with a lot …

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Bobcat library

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Melvin1 Comment

Its a bright sunny day outside, and I step into line push my way into the tuning door and arrive on the other side. My eyes take a moment to adjust and I i see the black comfortable chairs dotted with people. Its a bit darker in bobs library. I used to come here a lot to study but I …

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Versions of utopias

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Melvin1 Comment

Jane Jacobs viewed the city as for the people. While Robert Moses, her rival the person she always worked to oppose, viewed the city as something else. He viewed the city as eggs that could be and should be made into an omelette. Jane Jacobs prioritized the street, and the pedestrian experience. While Robert Moses worked to ensure the accessibility …

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Stinky Tofu

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by MelvinLeave a Comment

Me and my family parked our family van in a dark parking lot. Looking toward the streets through the window, I can make out the dimly lit people against the bright signs of the shops. Bright and colorful signs decorated the street with a glow.  The faint glow of the signs brings up feelings of anticipation from within me. As …