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The Craving for Public Squares

In extra, News, SOP News by Prof

People are moving downtown for jobs, but also for the pleasures and benefits of cultural exchange, walkable streets, parks, and public squares. Squares have defined urban living since the dawn of democracy, from which they are inseparable. The public square has always been synonymous with a society that acknowledges public life and a life in public, which is to say …

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Nuclear Placelessness?

In extra, extra 2 by Rachel Stern

Many of the places that we consider to be placeless are placeless because of the types of people that inhabit it or the way it has been changed by humans. However, Chernobyl is one of the unique places that has been affected by human action to the point that it is uninhabitable for humans and has been forced to become …

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The small and special homes of NYC

In A Sense of Place, extra, Landscape by Elias Duncan

Because of New York City’s intimate size, one could say that many of the city’s personal living spaces are indeed Vernacular. Brownstones are converted into small studio apartments to make space for new generations of New Yorkers. Tenants convert these already intimate spaces to fit in roommates and other personalization’s to accommodate their city lifestyles. Take the East and West …

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Hitchhiking to Lille

In extra, extra 2 by Mao

**Last September, I joined a group of students from Sciences Po on a hitchhiking trip from Paris to Lille, a major city in northern France. Hitchhiking is traveling by getting free rides from pass vehicles, on highways, intersections etc.. It is a common way of traveling especially among young people in Europe, to save money and have fun memories. I …

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Rude and Loud

In extra, extra 2 by Young

In a city obsessed with marketing and curating an image, graffiti sticks out as an unique mode of self-expression in New York. The etymology of the word “graffiti” has Italian roots; however, denizens of the city would point to the art form’s proliferation in the subway system or the local government’s reaction to it during the 80’s before they would at …

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El Mercado

In extra, extra 2 by Maria Cilio

At dawn it is silent, but only for a short time. Everything is still except for the smoke that seeps out from behind a wall of red meats and yellow flowers. Light peers in from a crack in a plank of wood. They meet and the smoke lingers in the bright air and then disappears. It is forgotten. An old …

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Becoming A City Slicker

In extra, extra 2 by Dannie Giglevitch

Coming to New York for the first time is an experience shared by most people in this class. Accidentally taking the train to Brooklyn or not being able to hail a taxi for the first few weeks—or even months—is a collectively shared experience of most NYU students. For me, I never had these experiences. I’m a native New Yorker, not …

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On Navigation and Answers

In extra, extra 2 by Young

My father detests GPS navigation systems. Even after the proliferation of navigation systems, he insists on using paper maps–our family’s map of the Bay Area of California remains a mess of tape, highlighter marks, and sun faded ink nearly twelve years after we first bought it from a Triple A store in Gilroy. My sister and I have learned not …