Category Archives: Class Journal

Elements of a successful “place”

My apologies in advance for what seems like an unorganized post, but coming up on the midterm, I have some thoughts–based off of the readings, discussions and interviews– about what might constitute the elements of a successful place. First and … Continue reading

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Make the Left

Like William H. Whyte states “A good plaza starts at the street corner.”. The street corner is the open door for any open space like Piazza Novembre IV, it is inviting and it allows a person to explore the next … Continue reading

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Looking at the Terrace in Different Lights by Morgan Nash

Last week a fellow student (Giselle) and I went to the Terrazza del Cortone in Borgo Bello for an observational study. We explored the area for a little while – noticing changes in furniture and trash that come with a … Continue reading

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Quiet Amidst the Din: Salotto con Vista

My first impression upon walking to the Salotto con Vista, was how peaceful the little terrace felt. I had just walked there from my last class further up in Borgo Bello, and the streets of the city were full of … Continue reading

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Terrace Observations

The last week of class seemed to center around more first person experiences in placemaking. The reading by Wm. Whyte gave a firsthand account on the plaza projects around new York city in the early 1980’s and highlighted some of … Continue reading

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Terrace Watch by Lana Valente

Terrace Watch, as I’ve taken to calling it, was like a beautiful stakeout. I took an ethnography class my first year of college, and my experience during that semester helped me immensely this afternoon! I was able to record details … Continue reading

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First Observation of Terrazza del Cortone

Evan and I observed Terrazza del Cortone from 1:45 to 2:45 on Thursday October 5th. At first there was only one person there. He was sunbathing and smoking in one of the adirondack chairs. I looked over the rest of … Continue reading

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Observations on a Wednesday by Talia Schaer

This Wednesday evening at five, Jake and I set out to do our first hour observation of the terrace. It was a gorgeous day out, sunny and mild. The perfect weather to go on a walk or hang out with … Continue reading

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The View From Up Here

Borgo Bello has become quite an interesting place. Even though I only ever visit the two areas I know, the illuminated paintings on Via del Deposito and the Salotto con Vista, I find myself walking there every weekend. Recently I … Continue reading

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Collaboration of City Professionals and the Locals by Morgan Nash

With so many philosophies and theories on city planning, it can be hard to determine the best method for creating a great city. Anirban Adhya analyzed the work of Jane Jacobs in Jane Jacobs and the Theory of Placemaking in … Continue reading

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