Moi Nihalani

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On ways of talking

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

Throughout my life I’ve listened to several different languages. I myself talk different languages, some with different accents. While growing up in Spain, I thought this was problematic. Speaking English at school and at home meant speaking it with a British accent with my teachers and with an Indian accent with my mum. I saw this as a problem of …

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Staying sensitive

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

I once read an interview with Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, my favourite book. In it she said that studying Architecture in the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, had helped her immensely in structuring and organising her novel. She said that by understanding structures of buildings, of cities, and spaces in general, understanding how people …

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From Penn St to Atocha

In A Sense of Place, No-Places by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

I have only been to Penn Station once, and I think like most, I didn’t enjoy my time there. Despite my family’s excitement to visit the American Niagara Falls at Buffalo, New York, our time spent getting inside the station, irritatingly meandering our way through, purchasing the tickets, waiting for the train in the empty (of directions, labels, comfort) but …

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The Old Police Building

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

“240 Centre Street, formerly the New York City Police Headquarters. Built in 1905-1909. Housed the headquarters of the New York City Police Department from 1909-1973. Converted into luxury condominiums in 1988. Now known as the Police Building Apartments. (Comments section:) Also, NYC landmark.” – Instagram: moinihalani, 18th October, 2014 I live on Broome Street, between Cleveland Place and Mulberry Street, …

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The city is also home

In A Sense of Place, Suburbia by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

I have never lived in a suburb, let alone an American suburb, so I don’t have a point of reference of my own to explore my thoughts and feelings on the way of living in suburbs. However, the points of reference I do have are films I liked such as The Truman Show, Revolutionary Road, and American Beauty, novels set …

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Are we into New Urbanism?

In A Sense of Place, Utopia by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

Before I start, I think it is necessary to say that I hope to be an urban planner for at least part of my professional life. With this engrained in who I am and therefore my perspective, how I think and write related to urban issues at least, I really enjoyed the conversation that was strung together between Jane Jacobs, …

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Five Midnights in Rome

In Topophilia, A Sense of Place by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

Two years ago, I decided that I was finally going to make my move to Italy. I had spent a few months in the US, and although I enjoyed NYU and New York despite the challenges of crossing the Atlantic and adapting to a different culture in education and simply ways of being, I couldn’t stop thinking what it would …