Built Environment Analysis

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Built Environment Analysis | 300-600 Points

The final product is a detailed and evidence-based analysis of the built environment in Atlanta. Your analysis should be at least 1,500 words, and should integrate images, sounds, graphs and other media as necessary and relevant to make an appealing, effective multimodal argument.

In this analysis, you make one argument that you support with evidence. For example, you might argue that the rhetoric of the built environment suggests that a particular neighborhood in Atlanta is becoming racially segregated as it undergoes gentrification. Or you might argue that the rhetoric of the built environment in a museum makes it unwelcoming to children, even though it is a space that its history and advertising suggest has been created for a young audience.

Students who submit their required built environment analysis early by April 15 may submit one extra built environment analysis (for up to 300 extra points, for a max total of 600 points for this project).

Your site analysis will be created on your sites.gsu.edu WordPress site, in the category “Built Environment Analyses,” and tagged appropriately (“Interior,” “Exterior,” or “Digital,” and “[Site Name]”). You will submit links to your built environment analysis using the standard submission form.

Due Dates

Complete first draft: April 12th

Complete revised second draft: April 19th

Complete revised final draft: April 29th


How to compose a built environment analysis:

Over the course of the semester the unit readings on interior, exterior, and digital built environments have provided you with examples of the kinds of arguments you can make about the built environment:

  • Identify and describe a problem and its causes, for example how the built environment contributes to social, political, and economic inequality (Morton, Nersessova, Schindler)
  • Make a proposal for why one approach to designing the built environment is better than another (Scholl and Gulwadi, Bazelon, Brooks, King)
  • Answer the question of how the built environment came to be a certain way, and how it reflects social, political, historical, or aesthetic causes (Schindler, Tick, Hocks)

Your argument will be organized around claims and supporting evidence. It should have a clear, and compelling central thesis. The evidence should come from your data, which is derived from your built environment observations, your own documentation of the built environment in Atlanta, and any observations or documentation submitted by your peers. You can and should include digital images, sounds, video, charts, graphs, maps, etc., in addition to alphabetic text, making sure to cite the author and source of any records you did not create yourself (including those created by your peers).


Your built environment analysis, like most of the other work you’ve completed so far, will be posted on your sites.gsu.edu WordPress blog. It might take the form of a single blog post, or you might choose to create a new page or set of pages for your built environment analysis. If the analysis comprises more than a single post or page, you will need a menu or other aid for navigating through the different parts of your analysis.

You should draw on your research for the annotated bibliography in making your argument about the built environment in Atlanta. Cite and document all sources using MLA parenthetical documentation and a works cited list. If you draw on the work of your peers, you should cite and document those sources as well. In addition to using MLA citation style, you can also link to sources of information that are available digitally, including the work of your peers.

Your built environment analysis will be composed in at least three stages, with a first draft, a second revised draft, and a third and final draft. We will complete workshops in class, and I encourage you to organize extra peer review groups outside of class for extra points.


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