Making bathrooms more Accommodating

  ‘‘Accommodate’’ comes from the Latin for ‘‘to make fitting.’’ It means to adapt, to bring into agreement or harmony, to furnish with something desired or needed, to favor or oblige. (Baseline 2015) “Making Bathrooms more Accommodating” by Emily Bazelon in a sense almost eludes irony just within the title itself. The accommodation of bathrooms can be argued because they are not so accommodating. Bazelon, from the beginning addresses some key points such as feeling vulnerable and also the dictation of ones body. Many arguments are made in favor of unisex bathrooms, but with societies way of thinking, changing what one would call “the norm” has been proven to be difficult. For years society has brought awareness to problems such as segregation of social classes, race, religion but what we have failed to being awareness to is segregation of bathrooms. At first glance, segregation of bathrooms would not normally be first on the agenda to be addresses but it is a problem that affects the community we surround ourselves with daily.These public conveniences use appearance to dictate who goes where. Transgenders are often faced with agonizing choice of which restroom to use which results in the comfortability of a personal area to be diminished. How should a transgender choose which restroom to use when they fit the criteria of both genders? Should they be judged off original gender, which evidently will cause more problems than solutions? Should transgenders be forced to feel uncomfortable in a space provided for privacy? When it comes down to transgenders and restrooms or locker rooms, there will always be an issue. A case Bazelon included...

ATLANTA “College Park Marta Station”

http://sites.gsu.edu/nboxton2/files/2016/02/Atlanta-Sound-x2i7t5.m4a Buses, trains, and hundreds of pedestrians occupy this area every day. The sound of the tracks and wheels colliding upon one another gives the sense of being in the city; similarly to New York. College Park MARTA station is the 1st stop after the airport so it begins the connection between citizens and the rest of the city. Whether you’re traveling to work, school, events or even traveling to the airport, MARTA is there to provide you with that transportation. The MARTA station costs $2.50 for a one-way pass which allows one to go from one destination to another. Being a Georgia state university student, we have the luxury of getting a discounted monthly pass which allows us to travel unlimitedly each month to and from school as well as other stations and...

Annotated bibliography #’s 1-3

Frazier, Ian. “Hidden City.” The New Yorker 28 Oct. 2013. The New Yorker. Web. 3 Feb. 2016. In the article “Hidden City” by Ian Frazier, he begins explaining how homelessness in New York is at an all time and numbers like those have not seen since the Great Depression and in 12 years homelessness has increased by seventy-two percent. Ian has described how since the increase of homelessness has adverted individuals to resort to “living underground, in subway tunnels and other places out of sight.” Further down the article, Frazier makes and interesting point on how homeless families engage.  He begins to explain how homeless families mostly stay off the street and do not normally engage with other passengers on transportation and rarely beg. After describing the average homeless family, Frazier begins to go into detail on a specific family and the programs available in New York.  “Hidden City” can be translated in a way that it correlates with my built environment destination here in College Park, Georgia. Hidden City allows one to get an insight on how homelessness really works. It shows that there are programs out there to help but the programs don’t want to help. Ian Frazier gives a glimpse on how society views those are less fortunate and do not have the means to provide for themselves or a family.  “Homeless Youth: A Crisis We Choose Not to See | Atlanta Forward Blog.” N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2016. “Homeless youth: A crisis we choose not to see” is a very heartwarming article as it explains an growing epidemic of homelessness among youth in Atlanta....

Built Environment Project

For the built environment project are we allowed to use captured videos to help give the illusion of our chosen built environment? Also would there be any restrictions on the types of videos such as personal interviews, etc.?

Reading summary 2

“Tapestry Of Space: Domestic Architecture And Underground Communities In Margaret Morton’s Photography Of A Forgotten New York” by Nersessova discusses a safe haven for those who are homeless. It is evident that having a home and having a stable home do not go hand in hand as being synonyms of one another. Homelessness and the architectural structures go hand in hand in helping to create a place called home. The misconception of the homelessness is fought out in this text. When we categorize homeless people we categorize them as not having home but all in all they do have a home just not a conventional or stable home. Morton tries her best to capture points from the homeless point of view. When  being homeless, you are shunned by those who have more to offer as far as finances. Those who are homeless are looked at as not worthy. Society has gotten to a point where material items and money has deemed ones worthy. Many look at homeless people as people who are lazy and are only looking for handouts but in turn are some of the most hardworking individuals. As middle class and upper class we devalue the lives of the homeless because we feel superior as if we are better than them. A point Morton makes is how the homeless dwell in underground tunnels in New York to escape the bombard of the media and their interpretations on their situations. This is so they can be left to their reality. Nersessova states that since basically since the homeless do not have conventional homes, cities are allowed to destroy...
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