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Gypsy Cab Ride

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

My first experience in New York City as a young adult was when I had visited my older brother for the first time alone. My Brother had just graduated from Fordham University and had gotten a job and a new apartment. So I came up for a celebratory visit. I was only fourteen years old at the time but I …

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Manhattan from Memory

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

After our class discussion on imageability and the capacity to recognize a city from even just a segment of its grid, I was intrigued by the prospect of creating a cognitive map. I have particularly good navigational and directional skills, so much so that my friends tend to rely on me more faithfully than the GPS on their phones. This …

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Pathfinder

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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Dizzy’s Room

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

While this assignment initially had me pondering the idea of mapping Brooklyn or somewhere I spent time as a child, after spending time with my cat, I became more attracted to the idea of how animals perceive spaces– specifically about how my cat sees our room. Above is my cat, Dizzy. She’s had a rough life, but now lives with …

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Lost in Technology

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

There is a certain feeling of disorientation and unfamiliarity one gets when encountering a new place for the first time. This disorientation overwhelms our senses causing an unpleasant nausea from trying to decipher a new location.  Luckily in this new age of smartphones and GPS, the ability to acquire a sense of direction is conveniently located in the palm of …

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Wandering Cities

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

In Italy I met a Peruvian woman who had moved there because the city kept taking up space in her head. I took the train to Pisa for a day as all eager tourists do, void of Wi-Fi or a working cell. Maria conjured up the image of a map inside her head, and I translated her mental painting onto …

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Can’t Know the Unknown

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

Something that stands out to me about cognitive maps, is that everyone’s map usually varies. We all take in our environment slightly different. In 4th grade, our art teacher had us draw out what all the 5 boroughs looked like to us. I remember drawing the upper part of Manhattan and writing downtown for the bottom half because I was …

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Navigating through the Discord

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

For this post, instead of interviewing someone about their image of the city, I chose to more actively observe a friend of mine as he navigated his way through the intricate New York subway system and one of its nodes, Grand Central Station. Kris is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He grew up in suburbia and stayed in state for college. He …

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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 …