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The World’s Playground

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by John Banksy

Growing up in the Atlantic City area is not how most would imagine. The city’s nickname is The World’s Playground, but it’s really not a place for children. Atlantic City is a playground to practice your vices. Adults visiting from the tri-state area will find that drugs, gambling, or prostitution are the vices that are the most easily accessible. Now …

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Buckyball

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Tori

The first six months that I lived in New York was a time for me that can only be described by the terms “severe depression” and “acute, unchecked anxiety”. While I was already used to bouncing around from place to place and living in an urban environment, something about New York presented itself as hostile: I was having trouble finding a …

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Constructing Narratives of “Faux”

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Abigail

Faux places—places that are cheap, gaudy, imitative, or inauthentic. Faux places trick their visitors, they are the slick salespeople of the built environment: “You want Paris? We’ll give you Paris. And New York, too. Right here in Vegas. Isn’t that easier? Isn’t that better?” There are many kinds of faux places. There are the amusement parks: Disneyland, Universal, Six Flags, …

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The Fair

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Sarah

As a kid, I longed for June to begin and, once it did, I hoped July 4th would never come.  The reason that space of time was so important to me was because it was the time that the Del Mar Fair was up and running.  It was this amazing fair with all the rides I liked, a small zoo …

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The Oculus

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Daniel Sully

After the events of 9/11, I remember there being a long-lasting feeling of there just being a sort of hole in lower Manhattan. Where the World Trade Center once was, there was now just the memories of that awful day. I wondered what the city could possibly replace the Twin Towers with – if they ever even could – and how …

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The Ugly and Virtuous

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Eve

When I’m in the 9th hour of a 15-hour flight, the moment I like to imagine the most is arriving at my destination and making my mark in a spotless place. I like to throw my watch on the clear counter by my bed in the AirBnb, sprawl out my makeup and toiletries in the bathroom, leave a pair of …

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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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Temporary Places

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Rex

For this post, I decided to focus on the concept of place making and place fabrication when it comes to temporary places. By definition, place making is reaction against public demand for a public place and often, results in either an authentic place that contributes to society or a faux place that takes away from the potential of creating a …

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In-step-Singapore

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Jonathan

In 1993, science fiction writer reviewed not something related to his field, but in fact the city of Singapore (though perhaps effectively drawing upon his experiences playing with a genre that naturally bends towards dystopian realizations of advanced technology), and came to the conclusion of a “Disneyland with the Death Penalty” — the title of the essay. The text itself construes …

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The Mirage For Profit

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Ivan

After we’ve discussed Ada Louise Huxtable “The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion” in class I decided to read more of her work to carefully understand author’s standpoint on so-called faux public spaces. Here she says: “What concerns me as much as the state of American building is the American state of mind, in which illusion preferred over reality to the …

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My Grandma’s Backyard

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Falynn

Last year, my grandma decided to move from New York City, where she had lived since she first came to America in the 1960s, to Sandestin. Sandestin is a massive golf and beach resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is often considered a gated city since it is comprised of over thirty neighborhoods with well over a thousand …