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Road to Nowhere

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Parissah Lin

I’ve been told, on multiple occasions, that it is clear I always grew up in cities. Not because I’m hip, or because I possess some kind of “street-wise”, but because, apparently, from the way that I navigate space, it is clear I never learned to drive. I was asked this the first time by a new friend my freshman year …

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When a Cognitive Map of the City is Not Enough

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Amy

I envy the directional instinct that migratory birds are equipped with when they go on their annual expeditions. Unlike birds, I am not as adept to reading natural or manmade directional signals and often get lost. There is no rationality behind why I get lost even when street signs, building names, and numbers are all around me to help me …

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Which Way Out

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Zoe Zachary

In middle school, my Hebrew school class went on a field trip to an old estate in New Hampshire. I don’t really know what was special about it at all other than that it was probably a good deal. The place had fallen into slight disrepair. Peeling white paint exposed the wooden shingles, most of the bathrooms were unusable, and …

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Reorientation

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Henry Choa

I initially struggled to choose a moment to write about regarding this topic. I read through the articles, watched the clips, and it finally struck me about a quarter of the way through the extract of “Einstein’s Dream.” “Many walk with notebooks, to record what they have learned while it is briefly in their heads. For in this world, people …

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Never Been to Spain

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Andrew Karpan

Here’s a weird place to get lost: a strip of highway located located between two towns in the greater sprawl of southern Spain, the Province of Málaga to be precise or at the very least it was the city of Málaga that had volunteered the international airport where one could place a narrative pin and denote the beginning of something, …

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The Tangle Beneath the Grid

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Jacob Ford

I find I can get lost on the city’s other layers. Kevin Lynch asked citizens to draw maps of their home cities, but all maps were drawn flat, at a top-down perspective. Wayfinding arrows pointing up or down mean “forward” or “right here” more often than they actually mean up or down. Structures and the streets are seen as two separate …

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Up Creek, Without a Paddle

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Prof

At 13,147 feet, Boundary Peak is the highest peak in Nevada, if only just barely. Although eclipsed by its immediate neighbor Montgomery Peak in California, Boundary Peak is a fairly formidable sight to the aspiring adventurer and inexperienced mountaineer. Though not the most difficult mountain in all of America, Boundary Peak presents its fair share of challenges, the least of …

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Let’s Get Lost

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Lauren Siff

Where we were heading, I can’t quite remember. All I know is that we ended up driving down a sketchy and very creepy dirt road in some part of Maine and all we could think of was those episodes of “48 Hours” and “Criminal Minds” that we all loved to watch. A girl skips by us with her head slightly …

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On the scent of friendship

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Moi Nihalani

I turned nineteen two years ago, on the second day of the year. It felt like a lazy morning after a lazier New Year’s Day, but as the day went on, the company of my family made it very pleasant. In the evening I met a few of my closest friends for a small dinner. We met near calle de …

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Overcoming the Uncomfortable

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Lindsey Chan

After reading parts of Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, I felt a sense of anxiety thinking about what it means to be “lost.” After recently spending the summer in Shanghai, the idea of removing oneself from familiarity resonated with me. And the definition of getting “lost”, after reading Solnit’s take on the meaning, has changed for me …

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Lost in Greenwich

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Cayla Delardi

If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s my ability to orient myself even in entirely new places, which means that I don’t get lost too often. But as I mentioned in my last blog post, it’s fairly easy to get lost in London.  ————— It was the first week of my freshman year of college, and as part of …

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Complex City

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Jaisal Kapoor

I’ve always been interested in the idea of new places. It’s strange how when first arriving in an unfamiliar place, you see it very differently from how you do after being there a few weeks, or even days. You no longer get lost as much, but the novelty of the being in another environment begins to wear off. In his novel …

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The “gem-like flame” of a City at Sunrise

In Orientation, New York City, A Sense of Place by Dylan Beach

Taking my cue from Alan Lightman’s refreshing discourse about memory’s hold on our habits of navigating familiar places, I’d like to write about a time of re-discovering, or re-navigating, an already familiar place. Immediately following my sophomore year at NYU, I landed a job, moved out to Brooklyn (Greenpoint), and bought a bike. With all these changes to my routine, …

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False Landmarks

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Colin Grinnell

During the winter break of January 2015, I spent two weeks visiting Buenos Aires with my friend Max. We went just the two of us without ever having gone before. We did not know anyone there or what exactly we wanted to do. We simply went. After doing some research, we rented an apartment on AirBnB in, based on our …