Monthly Archives: February 2016

Street Balance by Shameesha P.

Mark Francis’ reading, “The Making of Democratic Streets” served a great purpose in understanding the importance of city streets. He used the term “democratic streets” to explain the value of community. In his words, these streets “have meaning for people, … Continue reading

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City planning and children by Paris Parken

Readings seven and eight are very focused on children’s involvement in city design and also how city design affects children. A lot of the reading is very focused on how in the present, children are not given as much freedom … Continue reading

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Taking it to the Streets

This week’s readings demonstrated the importance of children in public spaces–namely streets– when attempting to make a space more livable and enjoyable. They highlighted the change that has occurred over the last few decades wherein streets have transformed from exciting networks … Continue reading

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What it Means to Build a Community in Italy

The Umbra Institute follows with interest Spring 2016 Urban Spaces’ students efforts to improve Borgo Bello public spaces and community bonds. Read more about how Urban Spaces students are currently dedicating their time to better understand the community … here … Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs and views on placemaking by Paris Parken

After getting through reading number four it is very clear that Jane Jacobs work is extremely criticized by many, seeing as though she had no education or training in urban planning. Despite her lack of education and specific experience in … Continue reading

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Catered to the People by Shameesha P.

Jane Jacobs have written several pieces of work to help guide developers and planners in creating a great space and place for the community. The writer’s for this weeks reading have opened my eyes to change and relationships. It is … Continue reading

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Placemaking: Both a Process and an Outcome

This week’s readings described the rise of sustainable urbanism and the ideology of placemaking as respectable, and quite recent, approaches to city planning. What I found so interesting about all of the commentary regarding the need for development to be … Continue reading

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Borgo Bello

Borgo Bello- Derrick Newton Jr. A community like one I have seen back in the states, Borgo Bello possessed many unique qualities that fascinated me. With its many storefronts and alleyways, Borgo Bello reminded me a lot of New London, … Continue reading

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Perusing Perugia: A Journey Through Borgo Bello by Mariah Noth

Despite recently discovering Corso Cavour on jaunts with a friend, I was shocked on our journey by how much more life teemed in the myriad alleys clinging to the main artery of the thoroughfare than I anticipated. Upon first glance, the … Continue reading

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Be-viewful by Shameesha Pryor

It was a nice evening in Perugia last week as the class and I walked around Borgo Bello, exploring the dark, the bright, the good, and the not so good aspect of such a small community. We met the President … Continue reading

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