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Accessibility and the Face of the Vernacular

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Parissah LinLeave a Comment

The neighborhood I was raised in, Wesley Heights in the Northwestern quadrant of Washington, DC is a pseudo suburban paradise nestled into the confines of a hollow semi urban capital. Though the hilly neighborhood is situated only a ten to fifteen minutes driving to any number of city centers (Downtown, The National Mall, Dupont Circle, Georgetown etc), it embodies many …

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The Vernacular of the Drugstore

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Zoe Zachary1 Comment

A gated garden might be the more romantic place of refuge from the city’s unrelenting motion, but a good Walgreens works just the same for me. It’s weird how much I love pharmacies. Duane Reade, CVS, Rite Aid… They have their slightly differing signage and products, but all provide the same experience no matter the location. The pharmacy is a …

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The Vernacular of Bike Racks

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Mark Strage1 Comment

In my beach town of Fair Harbor, Fire Island every single house has a bike rack in its front yard. As suburbs have SUVs and driveways we have one speed bikes and bike racks. Because of the salt air gears and hand brakes erode rapidly and subsequently are avoided. The classic Fire Island bike has a very distinctive look. It …

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The Comfort of Not Your Own Home

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Henry Choa2 Comments

Two members of the vernacular landscape that  interest me are the hotel and the restaurant. It seems that typically, the vernacular place holds a somewhat synergistic relationship with the people that occupy it, providing them with a ordinary space onto which they impose and exercise their own social values. The two components, landscape and human, grow together. Now, the hotel …

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Blurring Public and Private Boundaries

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Amy1 Comment

While reading J.B. Jackson’s chapter, A Pair of Landscapes, I thought about the distinction he makes between the human desire to live privately in defined boundaries and our need to socialize and be with others. He says, “ethologists and others who study animal behavior…tell how they (animals) respond to the presence of others of their kind and seem to languish …

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The Automotive Vernacular Landscape

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Andrew Karpan1 Comment

And it is, guided by J.B. Jackson, that we move from the generalizable exterior, the evil-ridden suburb, to the similarly homogenized interior, the “prototype interior” as Jackson would have it. This Home, the place where one “belonged,” takes us back, indeed, to the language of intimate spacial poetics of Bachelard, studying not the intimate values that the house contains but …

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The Seawall

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Prof1 Comment

The National Park Service defines a [historical] vernacular landscape as “a landscape that has evolved through use by people whose activities or occupancy shaped it. Through social or cultural attitudes of an individual, a family, or a community, the landscape reflects the physical, biological, and cultural character of everyday lives.” The NPS also states that function plays a significant role …

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Citizen Cars

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Jaisal Kapoor1 Comment

In his essay The Vernacular Landscape is on the Move…Again, J.B. Jackson discusses the concept of “the auto-vernacular landscape” (p 34). He puts forth the idea that many spaces are now designed to accommodate automobiles and hence become a part the daily environment. I think his argument is quite relevant, because it sheds light on the very presence of automobiles …

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Spreckels Park

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Cayla DelardiLeave a Comment

Coronado, California is an island resort city just outside of San Diego that markets itself as an escape from bustling city life.  Although it has its own school district and about 25,000 permanent residents, the city relies substantially on tourism, capitalizing on its picturesque beach, the historic Hotel Del Coronado, and the range of (predominantly) independently owned shops and restaurants. …

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A Private Place

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Maia Smillie3 Comments

When thinking about what everyday place everybody visits I first thought of the bathroom. To take a shower or bath, to use the toilet or brush our teeth, the bathroom is such a private space that, usually we are in it alone, and therefore, it is a good space to explore how it displays our attitudes a nd values. At …

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Architectural Environment and its Effects on Social Behavior

In A Sense of Place, Vernacular by Kahala Bonsignore2 Comments

Jackson discusses the “vernacular landscape” in terms of places throughout history, and the present, that have been commonplace and have shaped particular social attitudes, morals, and even behaviors.  He stresses the historical association between the house—all of its symbols especially created on the interior—and the land—what its exteriorality signifies and the practices it has produced; however, he explains how the …