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Buzzin’ Around

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Sarah3 Comments

Have you ever been walking around, being guided by your maps application on your phone, and thought: “Ugh, I wish my right leg would just vibrate when I need to turn right so that I don’t have to look down at my phone all the time?”  Ya, me neither.  But, Marie Spinali, CEO of Spinali Designs, thought of it, as …

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The Fair

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Sarah2 Comments

As a kid, I longed for June to begin and, once it did, I hoped July 4th would never come.  The reason that space of time was so important to me was because it was the time that the Del Mar Fair was up and running.  It was this amazing fair with all the rides I liked, a small zoo …

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In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Sarah2 Comments

Suitcase, check. Boarding pass, check.  I.D., check.  Three California burritos, check.  Yep, you are not mistaken, that was my sister’s checklist as she boarded the plane back to Villanova from Southern California after her first winter break home from college.  If you have never been to Southern California then you may think she is crazy, you’re probably a bit confused …

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What’re You Thinking About?

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Sarah1 Comment

I didn’t grow up in a small town with small houses that all look the same with the perfectly manicured lawn.  Rather, in my small town, the houses were unique, the lawns were beautiful gardens, perfectly manicured hedges, waterfalls, pools, and grottos, and the beach.  However, despite the uniqueness to each house in my town, a sameness still existed amongst the …

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The Chelsea Hotel

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by SarahLeave a Comment

As I moved to New York, West 23rd street became my new stomping grounds.  Before arriving, I found out that my street was also home to The Chelsea hotel, a landmark in New York known for being an artist colony.  In the 1880’s, a French architect Philip Huber designed the building in New York.  His approach was influenced by Charles …

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Finding Safety

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Sarah1 Comment

I grew up in a small town on the beach where everyone was basically family, or at least a familiar face.  It was the type of town where you were never more than a mile from home.  To get anywhere where there was a large grocery store was at least a ten-minute drive and to any type of city or …

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Lazy Cells!

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Sarah1 Comment

It was the second week of school and my second week of being in this big ol’ city of New York.  And, of course, I am walking on University Place towards U-Hall housing and, as I cross the street, a man’s arm brushes mine and boom! There goes my phone.  Plopped on the ground in the middle of the street, …

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Sunday Market

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Sarah1 Comment

No different than any other Sunday, I watch the outskirts of the La Jolla farmers market as I make my way to the entry.  I watch anxious kids run in— straight past the jewelry vendors and the fruits and vegetables— directly to the music and face painters.  I watch moms push strollers filled with crying babies find relaxation as their …

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The Shack

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Sarah1 Comment

A beautiful hut built with a thatched roof made by the most genuine loving hands of the community.  It sits sturdily by the oceanside day in and day out— a constant amongst the bustling locals and tourists, the tides, and the occasional weather changes.  To the lucky tourist who finds the shack, it is simply a destination for a few …