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The Old Police Building

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Moi Nihalani

“240 Centre Street, formerly the New York City Police Headquarters. Built in 1905-1909. Housed the headquarters of the New York City Police Department from 1909-1973. Converted into luxury condominiums in 1988. Now known as the Police Building Apartments. (Comments section:) Also, NYC landmark.” – Instagram: moinihalani, 18th October, 2014 I live on Broome Street, between Cleveland Place and Mulberry Street, …

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Experiencing Architecture

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Lindsey Chan

Architecture may be taken in as art, but that is not its essential mode of reception. Unlike painting where the viewer becomes absorbed by the work, architecture, by habit, is absorbed by the viewer and creates a sense of place. The Pantheon in Rome, which was originally commissioned by Marcus Agrippa and then later rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian around 126 A.D., …

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My Home Landmark

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Mark Strage

Growing up in New York City my parents moved me from apartment to apartment. For this reason I never grew roots in my homes. They were comfortable but always ultimately temporary. However. Since even before I can remember. Since before my family lived in New York. I have had a home at 448 Riverside Drive, the home of my paternal …

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Meaning in Absence

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Parissah Lin

Architecture has always been a bit of a contentious subject for me. Growing up my father said “I’m the only architect you’ll ever meet who never wants to build a new building.” On the weekends he’d take me to cathedrals, churches and chapels to understand the ways in which spirituality translated into physical spaces and light and feelings and cool …

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Growing into Place

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Henry Choa

Henry Choa When we speak about interior Architecture, and about the sense of place it cultivates, we typically imagine hallways, windows, ceilings; generally pretty stable constructions. Structures that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. These are the structures that spawn a building’s sense of place in the mind of an occupant. Since we associate sense of place with something long-standing, often …

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A Sense of Who We Are

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Andrew Karpan

The assured philistinism we find in Tom Wolfe’s post-hippie dialectic recalls very much of the same attitude we’ve encountered before in the variety of attacks on the aesthetics of city planning; the grim verdict Jane Jacobs comes to is nothing less than: “…the practitioners and teachers of this discipline (if such it can be called) have ignored the study of …

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Remember the Alamo

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Prof

The legend of the Alamo is as large, if not larger, than the state of Texas itself. Originally referred to as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, this small Roman Catholic chapel, built of stone and cruciform in shape, is one of the finest examples of Mexican ecclesiastical architecture in America, as well as, one of, if not the, most …

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Just Look Up

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Lauren Siff

Walking through New York City everyday you see so many different buildings. Each one is unique and holds something different in it. But, when walking down the street, I am never thinking about the buildings that surround me. I never look up and just take in the amazing forms of architecture that are on every side of me. With this …

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Bauhaus as Home

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Jacob Ford

Like some architectural history-inclined baby, I think the first complete and generally grammatically correct sentence out of my mouth in German class went something like “I came to Berlin because Bauhaus.” And it was the total and complete truth, so help me Walter Gropius. My German professor’s sad eyes and happy smile indicated that she was charmed with my affection for this …

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30 Rock

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Jaisal Kapoor

“When buildings talk, it is never with a single voice. Buildings are choirs rather than soloists, they possess a multiple nature from which arise opportunities for beautiful consonance as well as dissension and discord” – Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness The idea that buildings are created as representations of different eras or schools strikes me as fascinating. In …

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Psychology of Art

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Maia Smillie

The “sense of place” in the museum is particularly interesting. This is a public space yet is highly sensitive towards the role of the viewer as well as the role of the art. The aesthetic is highly relevant and the psychology of the space is also a big factor in the reception of the art as well as the popularity …

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32 Conz Street

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Colin Grinnell

There is a house that has been in my family for over 180 years. It was built in 1828 by a well-known mason who then sold it to my family. Every generation on my father’s side of the family has lived there. Even myself, for the first couple years of my life. The most peculiar thing about the house is …

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Politics in Architecture

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Kahala Bonsignore

Wolfe brings up some very interesting perspectives on architecture and its historical narrative.  I had never really considered political associations with the design of architecture, but it certainly sparks my curiosity.  The idea that anything handmade would be associated with the bourgeois class and anything machine-made for the proletariat is quite profound given the working-class’s primary employment in factories during …

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Re-appropriated Space

In A Sense of Place, Buildings by Dylan Beach

It seems to me that a good way to approach post-modernism generally, but also in terms of the specific architecture lens for this post, is a focus on the word re-appropriation. Both the readings for today were pretty critical of the modernist movement in that ‘newness’ was seen as essentially beneficial just by virtue of being new. The J.B Jackson piece …