View Post

The Fabricated and Faux Place of the Art Gallery

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Natassja

“7,000 handmade fried egg sculptures exhibited as a growing infestation that invades its surroundings.” This is the simple description found in the handout of the Kate Werble gallery this past winter of their show LIVESTRONG by Christopher Chiappa. And indeed, the gallery was literally just filled with 7,000 eggs. When I first visited the gallery, what I first became aware …

View Post

Astor Place-Making

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Sara Nuta

Astor Place, once a hub for East Village punks in the 1970s, is undergoing a transformation into a civilian and traffic friendly zone accessible by and for the public. Astor Place has an extensive history, integral to the character of manhattan. It was first home to prominent 19th century families, such as the Vanderbilts. Then the Cooper Union for the Advancement …

View Post

Designing Stern Plaza

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Mao

The Stern Plaza in front of Tisch Hall, or in its other name Frank Jay Gould Memorial Plaza, is one of the most walked plaza by NYU students, faculty and visiting speakers & alumni. While its plain grey colored plaza echoes the rigorous, mannered nature of business school, I think something could be done to improve it and serve the …

View Post

Cherry Clinton Playground

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by YouMe

People would think a playground encircled by a large number of apartment buildings with kids living on every floor to be packed and well-utilized, but that surely isn’t the case for Cherry Clinton playground, located on the corner of Cherry Street and Clinton Street. The past summer, I walked by the playground and I was quite shocked by the emptiness …

View Post

Sense of Home

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Elias Duncan

What do we call home? What is home? When a college freshman most of us said to our classmates that we were going “home” when we left for holidays. It is the home where our parents and siblings live and we took our first baby steps. The town or city that exposed the to the world and opened our eyes …

View Post

Guerilla Gardening

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Rachel Stern

The term “guerrilla gardening” was coined in 1973 by activist Liz Christy. Christy was a painter and had an art studio on the Lower East Side in New York City, on the corner of Bowery and East Houston. The 1970s brought riots in the city, and at the same time, many apartment buildings started falling down. The combination of danger …

View Post

Pickle Fest

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Sam Thornton

Placemaking is a process that seems to shift the function and aesthetic of a previously unthought-of space. I initially think of the turning of parts of roads into seating areas, which is recently common throughout New York City. The seating areas brought up by business improvement districts, mainly around midtown, are a way to turn often unused spaces into a …

View Post

A Catered Vision

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Young

“It feels fake.” My friend from Queens was unenthused with the High Line. My marketing pitch (“It’s the place where I bring girls for underwhelming dates”) was low-brow, but her reaction startled me. The park to me felt very New York in my own, outsider kind of way. The desire to force more green into an urban environment, in an …

View Post

Devil’s Night

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Erik Arsovski

One night a year the city of Detroit burns, I do not mean this in any metaphorical way the city is literally set on fire. The annual tradition dates back to the 1930s, but really comes into fruition in the 1970s and 1990s. October 30 is the designated day for vandalism and arson, and preceding Halloween by one day, Devil’s …

View Post

Comprehensive Placemaking

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Olivia

I want to conceive of placemaking as an anti-gentrification measure; placemaking as an economic exercise. Lots of polically, legally, and ecnomically controllable factors prevent whole blocks, neighborhoods, and cities from having an established sense of place. Like some inner cities — total deserts, that are jobless and destitute from white flight, like in Chicago. Not that I’ve been to Chicago, …

View Post

So Long, But What’s To Miss?

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Shea

It has come to light recently that New Yorkers have reached a consensus, of not feeling safe on the subway at night. Maybe thats not the biggest news, but it certainly has been touted around as if the stat alone might drag us back to the days of scary accounts of NYC landmarks like Central Park. As a New Yorker I love …

View Post

What Do We Do While We’re Walking?

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Thomas T

I was watching a video of Jan Gehl on “Changing Mindsets About Urban Planning and Living”  and one line that stood out to me the most was when he was describing one of the suggestions for improving Copenhagen as a city. He said, “In this city everything will be done to invite people to walk and bicycle as much as possible in …

View Post

By the People, For the People

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Alexandra G

Having a place of your own is so important. It’s yours. You make it yourself, for yourself. It serves your needs and interests. Just as having your own place in your personal life is extremely important, having a public place that you belong to is central to your social life. But just like your personal place, the social place should …

View Post

Compare and Contrast

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Zac Varieur

Hustling and bustling, streets lined with people and cars, and at a junction of streets that light up the entire world, most “New Yorkers” know to stay away from Times Square, given its kitschy shops, dressed up cartoon characters, and globally branded stores, it can’t seriously be helpful to New Yorkers. Knowing to avoid Times Square and to verbally detest …

View Post

Potential Problems and Penalties of Pop-Up Projects in Placemaking

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by ABC

The notion of placemaking as a grassroots movement, starting with an individual and building a community of people who seek to, well, build a community, seems optimistic and empowering. However, one can also point out that while people such as Jason Roberts, who in the video “How to build a better block: Jason Roberts at TEDxOU,” discusses the numerous projects …