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Intimate Dwellings

In A Sense of Place, 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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Under the BQE

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Shea

Growing up I was an unskilled skateboarder. It certainly didn’t stop me from investing my youth pushing around the parking lots and sidewalks of the square mile or so around my house. My older brother and I would cobble together all sorts of jumps and ramps with pallet scraps we found behind the carpet showroom or with plywood we found …

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NYC Subways

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by YouMe

J.B Jackson believes a true vernacular landscape should reflect social and social attitudes and cultural character of those everyday lives. To me, one of the best ways to get a good, raw glance of New York City’s social traditions and attitudes is by venturing to some of the most populated subway stations such as the 34th Street Herald Square subway …

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Creating the Landscape

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by ABC

The featured image displays someone playing a role in painting, influencing, and/or creating a landscape. The notion of defining and appreciating the vernacular landscape of a region may appeal to people based on a seeming connection with history or the authenticity of an area. In terms of the environment, the idea of homes made from existing resources and potentially reused …

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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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Soho, So Chic, So Be It.

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Zac Varieur

Although yeah, it’s been said that you can never walk in the same river twice, and this idea of ephemerality and experiencing vast change is certainly an aspect of living in new york in general, but these changes, the quiet ones that happen overnight, and are able to join and leave the culture quickly, those are often the ones that …

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Old Town in Hometown

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Mao

I came from China’s biggest southwestern city center with a 9.7 million population: Chongqing. The city is sandwiched by mountains and rivers; its geography is similar to that of Seattle. The downtown of Chongqing is at cross point of Yangtze and Jialing rivers, each has a distinctive color: yellow and blue. The two rivers of different colors blends at the tip of …

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Open Gas Stations

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Jim Edwards

The gas station is made in the language of mobility. It could be as simple as a pump and a place for the attendant to sit and collect payment, or have a garage, wash, and store for snack food all together. Usually a gas station has all of its pumps arranged for cars with gas caps on either side to …

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Temporary Creations

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Rachel Stern

We often think of architecture as something stable, something that’s rooted to the ground. However, in a city like New York, there are many temporary pieces of architecture that spring up and change the landscape of the city. Examples of this are the sidewalk cafes that pop up when it’s nice out, and often boast a large number of people …

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Community Gardens

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Jonathan

In a city where so much is planned, designed, and created to be impressive, valuable, and profitable, there remains little space for places that rise out of the necessity or the capability of the people who use it. In today’s urban landscape, spaces shaped by human living are largely influenced by the aesthetic of designers and architects: distinctly “polite” and …

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Getting Back to the Basics

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Erik Arsovski

After reading the analytical essays written by J.B. Jackson I immediately thought of a video I had watched recently that feature a retired professional snowboarder living his dream. As an avid snowboarder myself, my jealousy knows no bounds. Mike Basich, a pioneer in the world of snowboarding, competed in half-pipe and slopestyle events up until about 15 years ago. Basich …

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5 Pointz for Landscape!

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Lauren P

My understanding of vernacular landscape, based on the Jackson readings, is that it is a glimpse of a man made culture through its interaction with the earth. Essentially, it’s a form of language inscribed in the earth. The culture uses the existing earth as a mold to hold and subliminally express values and traditions. Working around and with the earth, …

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Vernacular Landscape and Vernacular Photography

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Sara Nuta

Stephen Shore is my favorite photographer whose work focuses on the vernacular landscape. As soon as I read about the highway strips, the mobile landscape, and the vernacular landscape, I instantly thought of his photos. He has two series which are directly reminiscent of the vernacular landscape: American Surfaces and Uncommon Places. U.S. 10, Post Falls, Idaho, August 25, 1974 …

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A New Vernacular?

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Sam Thornton

The vernacular landscape in coastal California was probably mostly once shacks and cottages. Laguna Beach’s origin is recent as it originated as an artist colony only a little over a hundred years ago. The downtown area had a few western style strips of buildings and there were simply various dwellings spread around what are now the city limits. As the …

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Raunchy

In A Sense of Place, Landscape by Alexandra G

  I hate that the American lifestyle has become a fast paced phenomenon. I hate that I want quick and easy service at every time of the day. I hate that I don’t spend much time at home. I hate that I spend so much time in the car. I hate to admit that I’m a fan of the “commercial …