Built Environment Analysis: Buckhead vs. Little 5 Points

I was walking by Little 5 Points to get to Aurora Coffee Shop one afternoon. I was wearing some ripped jeans, a flannel, and my favorite Vans. I walked into Aurora and not one head turned. I got my tea from there and I left. I went to Buckhead right after to go to Lenox Mall. Once I started walking toward the mall through the parking lot, I noticed a lot of people staring at me; a lot of men and women in suits and business attire. It hit me instantly. Buckhead and Little 5 Points have different expectations. Buckhead and Little 5 Points are very different in regards to the urban design theory, how they are designed and built, who they attract, and what their purpose is. Buckhead has a very interesting background to how it became “Buckhead”. This is important because it gives a sense of why it is the way it is. In 1838 a man named Henry Irby purchased some land near the intersection of what is now Peachtree, Roswell, and Wes Paces Ferry Road. On this land, he built a tavern and grocery store. Once these were built, a community as born. The city got its name from a story that says Irby killed a buck and hung the head in his tavern. The area started out as a prime place for summer and country homes for Atlanta’s wealthiest people. Many of the large estates were sold off, allowing for some of the most famous and prestigious commercial development in the southeastern portion of the United States. The modern design of Buckhead came about...

Built Environment Analysis: Buckhead vs. Little 5 Points

Intro: I was walking by Little 5 Points to get to Aurora Coffee Shop one afternoon. I was wearing some ripped jeans, a flannel, and my favorite Vans. I walked into Aurora and not one head turned. I got my tea from there and I left. I went to Buckhead right after to go to Lenox Mall. Once I started walking toward the mall through the parking lot, I noticed a lot of people staring at me; a lot of men and women in suits and business attire. It hit me instantly. Buckhead and Little 5 Points have different expectations. Thesis/claim: Buckhead and Little 5 Points are very different in regards to how they are designed and built, who they attract, and what their purpose is. Buckhead History behind Buckhead Henry Irby 1838, built a tavern and grocery store Got its name from a story that says Irby killed a buck and hung the head in his tavern Started out as a prime place for summer and country homes for Atlanta’s wealthiest Many of the large estates were sold off, allowing for some of the most famous and prestigious commercial development in the southeastern portion of the United States Modern Design Today, Buckhead real estate development milestones include Lenox Square built in 1959, which is the largest shopping center in the southeast. Phipps Plaza, another luxurious shopping center built soon after Lenox. In 1974, Tower Place was built and paved the way for future high-rises in Buckhead. Then in 1984, the flagship Ritz Carlton was built, which helped lead the Buckhead community further in deluxe accommodations and luxury. Who...

midtownatlanta.org : Built Environment Description #3

The digital space that I chose was atlantamidtown.org. This website is the Midtown Neighbors Association. Founded in 1969, the Midtown Neighbor’s Association (MNA) is a not-for-profit association with the sole goal and vision of improving the Midtown Community. It was created because the founders wanted to build a better community, which is shown through the screenshots I provided. The website itself has a lot of information, more than 250 words, so I am going to focus on the 4 main idea tabs that caught my eye. The home screen This is the home screen of the website. As you can see there are 9 drop down menus, as well as the search symbol. Because I can’t cover this website in its entirety with 250 words, I am going to focus on the “Social”, “Get Involved”, “Life”, and “Cityscape” tabs. The “Social” tab tells us about the events and effort put forth to make sure that neighbors know each other. This tab is a drop down and has 7 drop down options labeled “Social Information”. “Social” tab This section discusses that the MNA believes in community. They host several events, as well as festivals and assemblies. They express that getting to know your neighbors is very important. The next tab I’ll be focusing on is the “Get Involved” tab. The drop down menu has a Calendar tab, become a sponsor tab, donate to MNA tab, Join the MNA tab, and a volunteer or join a committee tab. These tabs show that this association firmly believes in getting involved, even if its a simple donation. “Get Involved” This tab is set...

Annotated Bibliographies #1-#10

Annotated Bibliography #1 Carmona, Matthew. “The Place-Shaping Continuum: A Theory Of Urban Design Process.” Journal Of Urban Design 19.1 (2014): 2-36. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Feb. 2016. This article discusses Urban Design. It begins by discussing urban design as a subject for investigation. This article focuses on London. It has a section called “Understanding Urban Design Process”. This section relates to the built environment in Atlanta because it goes into detail to discuss and understand Urban Design and how it is undertaken in different places, big or small. The next section discusses how urban design is situation in both place and time. How we act today is shaped by history of experience and practice. The urban design process starts before developmental proposals and these build up over a long period of time that causes changes all the way up to the present. It then gets into the actual process of urban design: designing, developing, using, and managing. This article is very detailed and well explained which is why I chose this source. There are a few terms and ideas in this article that are not defined which makes it a little difficult at times to understand exactly what the main point is. This source is scholarly making it a little difficult to read, but very informative and useful. Annotated Bibliography #2 Inam, Aseem. “From Dichotomy to Dialectic: Practicing Theory in Urban Design.” Journal of Urban Design 16.2 (2011): 257-277. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Feb. 2016. This article discusses dichotomy in practicing urban design. This article helps to address the assumption that theory and practice do not necessarily...

Reading Summary #6

King, Melissa. “Better Online Living Through Content Moderation,” Model View Culture 28 (October 14, 2015). Web: https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/better-online-living-through-content-moderation. This article is all about content control features. It opens explaining these features and reasons for them. King states “These are all valid reasons for employing content control. In fact, there are no such thing as an invalid reason: nobody should be required to read or listen to content if they do not want to”. She says that users of these tools face constant cultural opposition often seen as “weak” or “too sensitive”. She also goes on to say that it turns out becoming the victim’s problem with people telling them to just “deal with it”. Her argument is “While using content control features is no guaranteed to stop the effects of abuse, they do help and their use should not be disparaged and discouraged”. Her first section discusses one of the main arguments against content control. She discusses that people being abused and harassed blow it out of proportion. She says that with this, people draw parallels to Exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is a type of therapy that exposes the source of someone’s anxiety to lessen the disruption they can cause. King argues that “Without controlled exposure, someone suffering from PTSD is likely to have their trauma magnified rather than reduced when face with triggering content”. King quotes an article by Maddy Myers which examines generational pushback against content warnings in university settings. She says that there is evidence that younger generations may actually be more open to difficult, complex, and emotional content. In this section she argues that “the fact...
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