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Cultural Studies and Placemaking

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Cayla Delardi

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs My academic concentration and personal interest lies in the field of cultural studies. In fact, for my senior thesis, I am currently writing about skateboarding as a subcultural practice, an expansive, commercially successful industry, and an inventive use …

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The Case of the Bronx

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Zoe Zachary

The question was posed to me in a lecture the other day: is urban revitalization just another way to say gentrification? In order to answer this question, we have to look back to the history of urban deindustrialization, i.e. why cities now need to be revitalized in the first place. Deindustrialization, while it has been etched into the cultural imaginary …

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Environmental Desire

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Henry Choa

I am very interested in the way humans react to their environment, particularly within a city. This theme is something that runs through most aspects of my academic work, even where it may not be so obvious. Within art history for example, my favorite period is arguably Post-War– while I’m absolutely in love with the art itself, what fascinates me …

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The Literarily-Made Place

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Andrew Karpan

As a run-of-the-mill english major, much of the work we are thought to be doing feels instinctively reactive; the essays we write are critical, they put works in their context and argue for one meaning or interpretation versus another. Yet, I would argue that the student of literature is instrumental in both creating public spaces and defining the reflexivity of …

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Nation Building

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Kahala Bonsignore

This past J-term, I took a course called “Nation Building,” and it more or less covered the U.S.’s involvement in the ‘rebuilding’ of Afghanistan in the past decade or so.  I use quotes around the world ‘rebuilding’ because it is imbued with such controversy in the political sphere and is also relative to the different perspectives and interests at play.  …

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Access

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Prof

In my first post, I spoke about the wide open country of West Texas and the alluring beauty provided by the High Texas desert – what I didn’t talk about was the limited, if not complete access to most, if not all, of these areas. West Texas is ranch country; it always has been and always will be. I am …

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Union Square: A Community of its Own

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Lauren Siff

According to the Project for Public Spaces, placemaking is “a quiet movement that reimagines public spaces as the heart of every community, in every city.” This placemaking movement has become a huge part of the streets of New York. Walking down the streets, I see public spaces that have been reimagined in a way that allows for pedestrians to join …

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Escalator or Stairs

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Maia Smillie

One of the most important changes to public spaces is arguably to do with health. The health of people living in cities is crucial as the functionality of the city has lead to inactivity. Health problems associated with living within the city are numerous but mainly derive from the efficiency of things like public transport, the ease of roads and …

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Placemaking in the slums

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Moi Nihalani

In the summer of 2013 there was a wedding in Bombay that I was attending with my family. It lasted a week, but instead of staying that week in Bombay and the rest of the time at my granny’s in Poona, we ended up staying three weeks in Bombay and two weeks in Poona. In Bombay we stayed at my …

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Reconstructing the Suburban Roof

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Astrid Da Silva

In my first post I talked about the comfort I found in my rooftop hideout, in seeing everything from above. Aside from my own nighttime escapes however, my suburban roof was never really utilized. It was a functional and literal roof over our heads but its potential was not fully seized. Nowadays, in my apartment building, I escape to my …

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Socrates Sculpture Park

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Lindsey Chan

Public art is an interesting form of creative placemaking that can really shape and change a public space. It has the ability to give life to the space, adding beauty and inspiration. A great work of art can transform the artist’s message into an image that exudes a sensation that has the power to alter its entire surroundings.  Such a …

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Food Cart Street Culture

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Amy

I emerge from the lecture hall after finishing up with a rigorous economic midterm and while I walk along Washington Square South toward Kimmel Student Center, my nose is bombarded with a wafting smell. I smell heavily seasoned chicken shishkabobs from the halal cart near Stern. The delicious smell excites my senses and my hunger surfaces. The anxiety I had …

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A Sense of Place in Retail

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Colin Grinnell

For my concentration, I am studying a mixture of finance, economics, marketing, and philosophy. The reasoning behind my concentration is that in order to better understand the concepts in economics and finance, one must also understand marketing and philosophy. Traditional valuation cannot monetize or interpret factors such as trends or externalities. Other factors such as growth potential must be valued …

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Typography Hall

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Jacob Ford

Tobias Frere-Jones wants to reveal a neighborhood that never got the name it deserves, and I want to help him do it. We want to commemorate New York City’s Typography District. Frere-Jones, along with his former business partner Jonathan Hoefler, have literally carved the shape of many of the letters seen every day, creating some of the most popular typefaces on …