Category Archives: Place-making

Place-making at Home

In my midterm, I discussed the Farm at Stonehill and proposed an initiative that would directly advance the mission of the farm: providing organic food to our neighbors who do not have access to affordable produce. I want to continue … Continue reading

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What is More Dangerous? The Sidewalk or the Internet?

The only way a child can truly understand limits is if they find them out for themself. If a child is taught too young that everything is limited, that they can’t raise their voice here, or no running there, or … Continue reading

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Comparing Spaces

I could not find my place-making map, so this is my rough sketch! On Wednesday, October 9th around 3 o’clock, I sat in Piazza IV Novembre and observed the activity of the shops and the people to see how it … Continue reading

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Glimpses Into the Lives of Others

On one of the warmer evenings of recent days, the sky was bright blue with barely any clouds in the sky. The temperature was sitting roughly around 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit, so it was easy to pick out those individuals who … Continue reading

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Overcoming Language Barriers

Language barriers are not as ominous as I previously thought. At least that’s what I realized from the people-watching exercise. For five minutes at 6 pm on a cool, partly-cloudy Friday, I sat on the stair of the cathedral and … Continue reading

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Park Clean-Up

This past Sunday was the first workshop/activity that the class participated in with members of the community. We met at 10am, split up into pairs and tackled different parts of the park. With the various levels of the park, my … Continue reading

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Placemaking or Relationship-making?

The book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William W. Whyte, includes research that discusses alternative ideas to creating effective space in urban environments. Throughout their investigations, researchers found that the life of a street typically dictates how … Continue reading

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Can Diversity Unite People?

In our reading, “Jane Jacobs and the Theory of Placemaking in Debates of Sustainable Urbanism,” author Adhya supports Jane Jacobs’s philosophy on placemaking over the common learned practice of community developers. Jacob’s writings are often criticized due to her lack … Continue reading

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Siena and the Three Elements of a Successful City

This past weekend, my roommates and I travelled to Siena. After last week’s class on the three elements of a successful city that Jane Jacobs highlighted, I wanted to analyze a new city with this criteria. Right off the bat … Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs and Public Social Control

In Chapter 2 of Jane Jacobs’ book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, Jacobs describes the ways in which the safety of certain neighborhoods can be determined by the usage of sidewalks or streets. She discusses how certain … Continue reading

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