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Lofty Expectations

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by John BanksyLeave a Comment

It was during my first semester in university housing that I realized that the cost of room and board was the same as many larger apartments in the Bushwick area. The living situation of a small studio in Senior House that I was sharing with an anti-social roommate was another reason I began exploring other options. Because the location of …

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Protectors

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Leslie1 Comment

I have lived on my block for about 20 years now, and I never felt unsafe. In New York City, there are three types of streets: extremely busy, moderate amounts of people, and dead streets where you are 1 of 3 people or the only person on the street. Audubon is one of those more lonely streets. Since Audubon consists …

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Versions of utopias

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Melvin1 Comment

Jane Jacobs viewed the city as for the people. While Robert Moses, her rival the person she always worked to oppose, viewed the city as something else. He viewed the city as eggs that could be and should be made into an omelette. Jane Jacobs prioritized the street, and the pedestrian experience. While Robert Moses worked to ensure the accessibility …

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Best Stuy

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Idris Al-Hadidi1 Comment

Flashback to the end of my second semester summer term in University hall this past summer. I thought I was a true New Yorker. My thought process was I’ve lived in New York for a year so I’ve seen it all. Little did I know I hadn’t even ventured out of the NYU bubble created by NYU dorms at all. …

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Rebuilding Living Cities

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by SaraLeave a Comment

“The Greek philosophy of the good life was built right into the heart of Athens. Surrounded by temples, monuments, law courts, and government meeting chambers, the agora was a truly public place where commercial goods and ideas were traded freely.” Robert Laddish in Happy City Jane Jacobs’ perspective on city design and urban planning is refreshing because it is truly …

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Finding Safety

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Sarah1 Comment

I grew up in a small town on the beach where everyone was basically family, or at least a familiar face.  It was the type of town where you were never more than a mile from home.  To get anywhere where there was a large grocery store was at least a ten-minute drive and to any type of city or …

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Get out and walk

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Ella2 Comments

After four years, 128 credits, a quarter of a million dollars, and a concentration in urban development and architecture, I should know about cities. I have memorized the construction dates of ancient monuments and written hundreds of pages on transportation, infrastructure, affordable housing, the grid system, and gentrification. It would be imperceptive to say that society doesn’t stress the need …

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West is Best

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Falynn1 Comment

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with my home city. Especially in a class where we discuss the topic of place, I am bound to mention the beautiful city of Long Beach, NY at least once a week. I’ve lived in Long Beach since I was three years old, and I have loved every second of it. There …

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The In-Betweens

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Tori1 Comment

Upon reading Downtown is for People by Jane Jacobs, I found myself immediately recalling a personal piece I wrote during the latter half of my freshman year at NYU– or, according to Instagram’s time algorithms, approximately 196 weeks ago. “My favorite parts of a city are what I call “the in-betweens.” When you move to a place as boundlessly gargantuan as …

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Jacques Tati’s “Playtime” and Jacobs

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Jonathan2 Comments

In Jacobs’ final few notes (in “The Citizen”) on the future of building projects in large, historical cities, she mentioned something she has been skirting for quite awhile: the way a city can maintain its history while directing itself towards the future, protecting the fabric of past buildings while still continuing to grow. In the movie Playtime by Jacques Tati, we see …

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میدان نقش جهان is for People

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Nina1 Comment

In “Downtown is for People,” Jane Jacobs discusses how contrary to utopian urban renewal projects that aim to reshape cities into virtual monocultures, downtown areas must be built to mirror and complement the character of the city’s population. How can this be done in order to counter the impending wave of monolithic urban planning? Jacobs suggests that walking throughout established …

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Imagined Rome

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Lulu1 Comment

Cities are sites for experimenting with grand visions. Chandigarh by Le Corbusier, Brasilia by Oscar Niemeyer and of course Robert Moses and his highways are all examples of top down urban planning. Even cities that feel settled and unchangeable have once been subject to great visions of utopia. In 1584 Pope Sixtus V began to execute his great vision of …