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Table spirit

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Melvin

My desk. When I sit down at my desk, my body and being changes modes. Desks are different, and each desk does different things to my body. The modes of both my mind and body shift according to the chair and desks that I sit in. At a desk in my high school, my mind and body shift to low …

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Lightbulb Ideas

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Melvin

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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the mixing pot that is earth

In A Sense of Place, 11. A Cosmopolitan Sense of Place by Melvin

As we progress forward in this world of modernization, the forces of globalization, capitalism and technology are all working together to make the world a smaller place in a sense. Together, they are effectively changing our sense of time and space of the world. Marx called it, the “annihilation of space by time”. So, as time progresses, these forces combines …

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False Paradise

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Melvin

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 Melvin

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 Melvin

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 Melvin

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 Melvin

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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Wash ^2 PARK

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

One of my favorite public spaces in NY is Washington Square park next to the school. Many of NYU’s buildings surround this park. I feel like at this park, it is easy to feel very comfortable and enjoy yourself at this park. On a sunny day in winter, this park is one of the best places to be at to …

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Foreign land marks

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Melvin

Last summer I spent 6 weeks in Tokyo. I stayed in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s red light district. Each day, I would wake up early in the morning in my small air bnb and rush to the nearest combini to get something to eat. Combini are one of the best things in Japan. They are convenience stores, and Japan has the best …

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Stinky Tofu

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Melvin

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 …