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181st Street

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Leslie

Since I was born, my mom and the rest of my family would take my cousins, sisters (once they were born), and I to 181 street to hang out and shop every weekend. All along 181 street, especially on Saint Nicholas, you can find Latino street vendors. You find the lady my mom has been buying arepa from for 15 …

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Food Exit 110A

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Michelle Johnson

Driving North on the 5 from Los Angeles, the rest stops off the freeway appeared like clock-work; every 20 to 30 minutes you spotted a giant blue sign advertising an assortment of fast food and gas stations. These strange hubs exist directly next to the freeway offramp, usually consisting of 3 or 4 streets that were completely surrounded by nothing but …

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A Vernacular Supermarket

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Daniel Sully

When I thought about places around me that could be considered vernacular in architecture or development, I thought about my local supermarket. When my family first moved to Manhattan from the Bronx, we originally shopped for groceries between this supermarket (which was then known as a Bravo supermarket), and a C-Town a few blocks down. My mother has always been adamant about …

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What our architecture says

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Melvin

I find vernacular architecture to be another interesting architectural topic that I did not think about before. JB Jackson explored America and took the landscape and write about what it says about our people and our culture. Wikipedia noted that the “local environment and the construction materials it can provide, govern many aspects of vernacular architecture. Places with a lot …

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Rigo’s

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Sarah

Suitcase, check. Boarding pass, check.  I.D., check.  Three California burritos, check.  Yep, you are not mistaken, that was my sister’s checklist as she boarded the plane back to Villanova from Southern California after her first winter break home from college.  If you have never been to Southern California then you may think she is crazy, you’re probably a bit confused …

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The Wonder Years

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Ella

I watch television shows like The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks and The Brady Bunch and am constantly envious of the buildings, streets, and landscapes shown. Each of these shows depicts the everyday lives of a family and the world they interact with in decades gone by. Whether it be a scene at school, in a car on the …

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The Vernacular South

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Tori

The south: the American sweet-spot of oddities, strange gas stations, and ramshackle buildings galore. As a child, the closest city to my home was Winston-Salem, North Carolina– also known as the only city in the country to have its name abbreviated by the United States Postal Service– which is the smallest city founded equally by Moravians and RJ Reynolds, the kingpin …

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On Living Pipes

In 8. The Vernacular Landscape, Uncategorized by Alejandro Ribadeneira

A recent interest of mine is that of urban gawking. More romantically, I like to call myself an architectural flaneur with a love for iPhoneography. This interest was manifested when New York City started to speak to me, in unexpected spaces and moments. My eye for objects turned into an eye for seeing objects anthropomorphize and, effectually, be part of …

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Kiosk

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Lulu

When my sister and I would go to the playground we would always stop at the kiosk that stood at the corner of the park. I would usually buy a popsicle with my pocket money. When I go home to visit and pass it, I usually swing by and get a small treat. It stands at an angle close to …

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Pepe’s Cafe: Classic Old Town ambiance in a Modern World.

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Rex

Whenever I travel to a new place, it’s the vernacular landscape that captures my attention diverting my gaze to observe the authentic representation of a place through the eyes of the locals. Sun kissed skin and salty hair come natural to the bohemian, island living locals in Key West, Florida—the last key on a stretch of islands located south of …

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Always Knew Where My Friends Were

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Ivan

In the article called “The Vernacular Landscape is on the Move … again”, J. B. Jackson begins with a good point saying how middle-class Americans of his generation were taught “to isolate themselves from the street and what it stood for”, so the majority of time was spent indoors (24) I find it especially interesting as an immigrant who came from …

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Vernacular consumerism

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Jonathan

It is interesting to consider the extent to which we “make a home for ourselves” somewhere can constitute an act of architecture, an act of construction which changes an environment just enough to assure a hermeneutics of space within an immediate room. This can be seen in nearly everything we do, from pulling shut a shower curtain and dividing ourselves from the rest …

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Rejection of the Flat Roof

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Sara

With the emergence of modern architecture came a certain affinity for boxlike, geometric structures that embrace primary forms and stark simplicity. These buildings were new, innovative, and often austerely beautiful, and their design reflected many of the ideals of the industrial age. They were often modeled for mass housing, constructed in a period of rapid urbanization and a need for …