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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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Old Unreliable

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by John Banksy

It’s around 4 a.m. on a Sunday Morning and I had just left a rooftop party in Manhattan. I’m walking back to my subway station to catch the L back to Brooklyn or as I would often jokingly refer to it as—old unreliable. Not that the L was always unreliable but anytime after 1 am the train ran about every …

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Apartment 4B

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Alejandro Ribadeneira

Everyone in my mother’s family would agree that my grandfather’s apartment held an interesting aura. Many would argue it did not have a wonderful one, and I agree. In recent years the place was inhabited by my eclectic grandfather, his assistant, and the occasional cleaner. However, many more people lived there with him in the past, and left remnants as …

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The Lives of Buildings

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

“A building has at least two lives – the one imagined by its maker and the life it lives afterward – and they are never the same.”  –Rem Koolhaus The 8 House is a 61,000 square meter mixed-used building with 146 residential units and 10,000 square meters of commercial units. The project is the largest private development ever achieved in …

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Piers

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

In front of Fairway in Harlem, 133rd street, there is a pier. When you google it, it’s called West Harlem Piers, but when you have been going there for years, it’s My Escape. Back in 2009, I was a freshman in high school. I first went to the pier with my friends. I don’t fully remember the first time I …

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Place in terms of “the Rural” and “the Urban”

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

Based on the Roman origins of “genius loci” as a conception of space, as well as the fact that, of course, my book of Horace’s poems is conveniently absent, perhaps the oft-cited Gallatin obsession of “empire” is a good place to start in an investigation on the development of our civilization’s current take on the division and usage of spaces. Horace, a …

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Chopstick Spaces

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

Shuijinfang is not a particularly excellent Sichuan-style restaurant in the suburbs of Northern Sydney. But its crescent moon-shaped doors, ever playing Teresa Teng CDs, and generous use of peppercorns make it authentic to my parents and their friends, and so my childhood Saturday dinners were spent telling stories around big communal tables with my family and their frequent guests, slurping …

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Smart Cities: What is the Spirit of a Place if Everything Runs on Data?

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

Put simply, a smart city is the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) to control the urban environment and all of its infrastructure.The internet of things is a term used to describe ‘smart devices.’ IoT describe objects (eg. cars, buildings, street lights) that have been hooked up with sensors. This complex network is able …

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The Leaning Brownstone

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

To say describe a “spirit of place” or say that a place, in fact, has a spirit of its own is an extremely romantic idea. Whenever someone hears that a place “really has a spirit”, that statement is almost always followed by an anecdote that makes wherever it is seem magical or otherworldly– for instance, I grew up in the …

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The Reporter’s Experience of Place

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

What is the importance of place to a reporter? Often, references to place are essential to reporting: where did the assault take place? In what city? In which venue? In the event of an upcoming weather event or political appearance—what areas will face evacuation? what roads will be blocked?—places are discussed to inform and serve readership. And place, as much as topic, …

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In My Room

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

Around the age of 10, having a really cool bedroom was really cool, which meant you were really cool, and that was really cool. Around 13, your bedroom became your world; ripped out pages of magazines covered your walls, your bed had a matching quilt set that your mom ordered from the PBteen catalog, and your stuffed animals made the …

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Sunday Market

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

No different than any other Sunday, I watch the outskirts of the La Jolla farmers market as I make my way to the entry.  I watch anxious kids run in— straight past the jewelry vendors and the fruits and vegetables— directly to the music and face painters.  I watch moms push strollers filled with crying babies find relaxation as their …

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The Bodega

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Daniel Sully

In high school, we were allowed to go outside for lunch. This came with an immense sense of freedom – we weren’t limited to the (typically ghastly) cafeteria food. We could give our money to whatever establishment we so desired – somedays we settled for McDonald’s, other days from a local pizzeria. My friends and I weren’t a particularly picky …

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False Paradise

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

Our interpretation of a place is a result of the stimuli that surround us once we are in a particular place allowing us to perceive our environment and then come to a conclusion based off how the place makes us feel. The ability to exploit the features of a particular place to attract attention has been a marketing tool used …