Class Notes 3/10/16

Things you can observe in digital environment: Arrangements Voices Words and Visuals interact/blend Perspective Space Speed/Time Editing Advertisement Accent Cadence Music/Audio Voice-over Activity: make a list of terms from the text that might be useful in observing and analyzing digital enviornments...

caskew7's Blog 2016-03-08 15:48:37

  Source: customsigns.com In Emily Bazelon’s article “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’ ” she discusses the importance of accommodating  aspects of our society, such as public restrooms, to include marginalized groups.As the privileged majority, we do not consider how a bathroom is designed to exclude minority and disabled groups. Restrooms are available to the public as a basic human right, however our society constricts and places labels. The invasion of the opposite sex in a state of vulnerability can lead to “discomfort, or even real trouble”. In particular, transgender people are challenging social norms, “from signs to design to who gets to enter where”. Bazelon defines “accommodate” as “to adapt, to bring into agreement or harmony, to furnish with something desired or needed, to favor or oblige”.  The word can be welcoming and positive but it can also mean “moving over to make room for other people, whether you want to or not”. “Mara Keisling, co-founder and director of the National Center for Transgender Equality…stated…Having a civil society is all about accommodation. Any relationship demands that”. In our society, transgender people accommodate to use the bathroom on a daily basis. Separating men and woman in the bathroom is a social construct that is rooted in the Victorian era. In the 19th century, woman moved into places dominated by men”like factories, parks and libraries” , which compelled states to require “sex-segregated ‘‘water closets’’. Privacy and sanitation justified the segregation, as well as ‘‘weaker body of the woman worker,’’. Restrooms were integrated in the 1940’s, and”white women refused to share bathrooms with their black co-workers, claiming they would catch syphilis from towels and toilet seats”. There is a fear of the...

Natural Open Spaces Enhance Learning

Source: http://www4.hku.hk/ In their article “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces” Kathleen G. Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, “propose that the natural landscape of a university campus is an attentional learning resource for its student” (53). The risk of “attentional fatigue” is increased due to technology and campuses that lack “connected networks of indoor and open spaces” (53).  They suggest that natural open spaces should be examined for their “potential in replenishing cognitive functioning for attentional fatigued students” (53). Scholl and Gulwadi address two concepts “indirect attention and restoration” and a ” holistic landscape” (53). The term “campus”  derives the latin word for “field” or “an expanse surrounded…by woods” (53) which first described Princeton University in the 1770’s which later became an archetype for all college campuses. American colleges and universities were designed to be a secluded community that promotes “…divinity learning, personal growth, and free intellectual inquiry” (54). Fredrick Law Olmstead, who designed early campuses, believed that physical landscapes can affect human behavior. Natural scenery helps stimulate the mind without causing fatigue, thus soothing the mind and refreshing the body as a whole.  A body of research that utilizes Attention Restoration Therapy attempts to “describe the many benefits of human-nature interactions” (54).  The study focuses on how internal and external influences affects brain function and proposes that interaction with nature affects the “human attentional system” (54). Nature is  subjective because it can refer to different things “due to the diverse opportunities and means through which one might encounter and experience nature “(55). In this article, Scholl and Betrabet refer to nature or the natural environment as “physical features and processes of nonhuman origin...

Activity #3 Key Words/Terms

“Old Fourth Ward” “Gentrification of Atlanta” “Revitalization” “Beltline” “racial inequality” “white flight” “racial gerrymandering” “urban renewal” “04w” “old fourth ward” “history” “ponce city market” “discrimination” “”ponce city market” “history” “old fourth ward” “race” “old fourth ward” “segregation” “homeless” “Space” “Black gentrification” “Old Fourth Ward” “arrest” “Ponce City Market” “arrest” “Old Fourth Ward” “Murals”    ...
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