Daniel Nguyen

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April 2, 2014 - 2:37pm

Guy Debord’s writings bring up psychological perceptions of the environment and manifests his ideas through his development of the derive. The derive itself is a paradox, combining subjective and objective methods of observation and interpretation. It emphasizes entrances and exits, something I find surprisingly astute since those are the things we look for most often in an urban setting.... more

March 26, 2014 - 1:50pm

Taken as a whole, this week’s readings seem to emphasize multiplicity in possible interpretations of the city at a more personal level. Poe takes what might be the most personal interpretation by actively focusing on and following an old man as he wanders the city after dark. Benjamin, on the other hand, remains detached from any one person he physically encounters as he wanders through... more

February 26, 2014 - 1:47pm

The colors of the paint splats indicate the type of restaurant according to Google Maps, which draws supplemental data from Yelp as well as its own Google+ site. The size of the splats indicate the rating the restaurant received.

February 26, 2014 - 10:50am

In “The ‘Creative Class’ and the Gentrifying City”, Ocean Howell argues that “bohemian” or “countercultural” lifestyles are becoming institutionalized as instruments of urban development. Using skateboarders in Love Park as an example, he chronicles their turbulent relationship with the city of Philadelphia.

Howell first makes an important distinction between urban renewal or “... more

February 26, 2014 - 10:13am

In Howell's article, “The ‘Creative Class’ and the Gentrifying City”, he argues that as the focus of development moves from production to consumption, the city should become an entertainment machine. This trend is echoed in other industries, particularly the technology sector where companies like HP that have traditionally catered to large business accounts (workstations, copy machines)... more

February 19, 2014 - 1:47pm

I found the idea that wide-open spaces are estranging or anti-human especially fascinating because in the second year studios, we've been repeatedly encouraged to maximize the amount of open space in our schemes, both to deal with pragmatic issues like sea level rise and storm surges and to meet some monumental demand caused by the Olympic backdrop of the project. Vidler, writing on... more

February 5, 2014 - 3:20pm

Burgess defines differentiated zones created from the expansion of the city, where people are sorted by residence and occupation. He describes a process of organization, disorganization, and reorganization in terms of metabolism moving toward equilibrium. Reading this part of the text, I was reminded of how cities Los Angeles are so segregated that each neighborhood functions almost... more