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The Void of Healing

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Tori2 Comments

As a child, I spent a lot of time in hospitals– not as a patient, but as a visitor. My father, who had the bright idea to have a second child at the age of 40, was almost consistently ill, mostly due to rapidly progressive coronary artery disease that has put him in the ER more times than I can …

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Japanese Metabolism

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Lulu3 Comments

Imagine the city you live in could grow instantly whenever the demand was needed. The built environment is designed to adapt. Landmarks could suddenly appear but disappear just as quickly. Your house is assembled and plugged into a metal and concrete trunk within a few days. Instead of your home being called an apartment you know it as the capsule. …

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The Capital P-Place

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Alejandro Ribadeneira1 Comment

I spent three years moving around the world with about 35 other students, 12 teachers, and some residence life advisors. Settings changed very often—every three to six months we would be in a different city, trying to call it home. However, people did not change. A funny thing occurs with this phenomenon, the common links we make regarding certain people and …

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Supermodernity On Deck

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Abigail1 Comment

Does the open ocean have a “sense of place?” Visually, the landscape doesn’t offer much. There is no real variety—of shape, of color—available to its visitor. And those occupying open water are necessarily visitors: travelers, tourists, captains, officers, fishermen, pirates. Even those who live their lives at sea do not—and cannot—do so in one fixed place. Boats, then, are the …

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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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Boring Boynton

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Ella1 Comment

“Turn left on Jog,” my great aunt, Tanta Bea, says as we pass Jog Road, “that was Jog.” I see my cousin roll her eyes in the rear view mirror as she turns on her blinker to yet again turn around in a parking lot. From a safe distance in the backseat, I laugh. This is how most of our …

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Food, Water, and Air

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Idris Al-Hadidi2 Comments

Having a strong sense of place is vital in the development of a place. Having a lack of place can doom an area into permanent obscurity. A non-place is forgettable and unimpressionable because it lacks the necessary factors that make it a place. For me grocery stores are an example of a non-place. Every single grocery store has the exact …

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Movable types

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Jonathan1 Comment

In the silence of hotel rooms, I am placeless — as in any place ruled by an imposition, an inferred sense of what the space is like prior to my arrival. A hotel room — the Ikea-brand type, wherein all the furniture desperately seeks the corner of the wall that perfectly matches it and yet cannot reach . . . …

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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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Rest Stops: The Placeless Place

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Rex1 Comment

While places are memorable and make an impression on our conscious, places that fail to do so are dubbed “placeless”, a void of empty emotion and forgetfulness. These placeless places are uniform in their appearance, often serve a single function, and occupy small increments of a person’s time. Driving down I-75, which stretches the entire length of Florida, rest stops …