Category Archives: Class Journal

Observations: At Home and Abroad

Our (Rachel and I) last observation was done on the Thursday afternoon before break, a gorgeous day with bluebird skies and a bello temperature. Arriving around 2 pm, I expected to find a few people on their lunch break, but … Continue reading

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The True Nature of the Cortone Terrance by Morgan Nash

Throughout the semester my class has slowly learned about the neighborhood of Borgo Bello, particularly the area surrounding the terrace on Via del Cortone. From observations to interviews we have found that most of the time the terrace is a … Continue reading

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Lead the Way and They will follow

As the sun was setting, we headed towards the terrace with one of our friends who decided to join us for the night. Once we arrived, it was quiet and there was a man who was deep in thought. He … Continue reading

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Polar Terrace by Talia Schaer

During two weeks of observations I found two very different uses of the terrace. One time there were two men on the hunt for drugs and the other time were groups of friends using the terrace to hang out. On … Continue reading

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Regulars

This time at the terrace was different than any other time I have been there. The use of the terrace did not appear to be first time users or tourist, but regulars. We first saw a group of guys just … Continue reading

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This time I’m going to write in italian, hoping it will be useful for those bloggers and users who can understand my native language! Dunque.. La mia seconda volta da osservatrice della Terrazza in via del Cortone è stata illuminante … Continue reading

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Terrace Watch: Eyes on the Sides

I find myself studying the terrace very carefully for any sign of change. While last time there only seemed to be positive differences, today we noted some good, some bad.  Taking a Placemaking class has allowed me to thoroughly enjoy … Continue reading

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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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