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People Watching in the Piazza

This week I sat in Piazza IV Novembre and observed the crowds of people circulating through the city’s center. Keeping Jane Jacobs’ writings in mind, I noted how people tended to avoid the most open areas of the piazza. The … Continue reading

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Placemaking through People Watching

This week our assignment was to watch the Piazza and see how people used/navigated through the space. I decided to sit on the steps of the Duomo, it offered a clear viewing point and helped me blend in so as … Continue reading

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People Watching

My roommate and I got our usual gelato and headed for the steps. It was Monday night and the air had a nip to it. As we approached the steps I noticed that it was very quiet, maybe because to … Continue reading

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Place and People Watching – Kim Hernandez

This Sunday I sat on the steps of the church and observed the activity of the piazza at various points of the day. I sat on the steps at noon, and watched as tours circled around the fountains. I returned … 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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People Watching and the Fountain – By Nicole Flohr

I completed the people watching activity a little after 6:00 pm on Friday October 4th. As many people leisurely do, I sat on the steps and watched the fountain and the people around it. Within the five minutes I was … 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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Green Spaces and the Mind

After touring the agricultural facilities at the university here in Perugia, I thought about some of the similarities and differences between the College of Agriculture at Penn State University. The first observation I made was the difference in size. Simply … Continue reading

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Participatory Memory

One of the most critical processes used in Placemaking is participatory planning. It involves using the knowledge and participation of the local community in the planning process of new spaces. Recently I have been discussing elementary education, specifically focusing around … Continue reading

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Drastic Impact of a Cul-de-sac – By: Kristen Palardy

This reading has showed how necessary children are in the creation of a successful place. If a place is deemed safe and entertaining enough for children, then parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters and their friends will also be drawn to the … Continue reading

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