Built Environment The Poetry of Strife and Life

Built Environment The Poetry of Strife and Life The following is a selection of the writing “Poor Folks Have Dreams” by Etta Norwood “The memories and everything that builds a memory is of value to hang on to.  Cast away any care of tomorrow and enjoy the moment, the voice, the day.” (Etta, 77) There was always room at the table in the home of the poor when I was growing up. Poor folks always had room for another dog, another mouth, another empty tummy that needed to be fed. But poor folks have no room – No room for the rich folks who take, no room for the selfish folks who eat in the presence of those who are hungry Hungry for Love, peace, joy – Hungry for a sense that it’s going to be alright tomorrow. No room for children who won’t share toys, adults who won’t share their last dollar. No room for worry about politicians not elected with our money, a promised housing development project, another storm that may or may not come. No, what has importance is what’s going in the soup. Do you have corn and a little basil? A smile, good laugh, and we have enough for today. And plenty more for whoever needs. “Poor folks have character if nothing else, character and dreams.” The author describes life while living in poverty through poetry.  The article has three poems that are relevant to living in poverty while growing up the city.  The writing content describes interactions with others who are living in poverty and people who are well to do.  The contrast...

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Wakefield, Julie. “Fighting Obesity Through the Built Environment.” Environmental Health Perspectives 112.11 (2004): A616–A618. Print. Obesity in America is a growing epidemic. Although genetics plays a role in the occurrence of obesity, the rapid spread of the epidemic within the last 30 years has caused researchers and architects alike to extract a main component from that spread: the environment of the individual. The introduction of a built environment could be a solution to help dwindle those rising numbers. Architectural companies want to integrate spaces into the built environment that allow more physical activity. More physical activity (especially in nature) can help induce society to spend more time being outside and exercising. There are also companies (Nike being one of them) that are to produce more “active” products such as a FitBit to show that there are initiatives for increased physical activity and to keep track of the progress. “Built Environment- LEED, Energy Star and EarthCraft.” N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. The growth of energy-efficient buildings in Atlanta has quantified tremendously. The newer buildings that are taking heed to energy preservation are the Falcons Stadium and the College Football Hall of fame, to name a few. Philips Arena is also the first NBA stadium to obtain its LEED certification. The certification was presented to the stadium in 2009, less than a decade ago. Atlanta is currently in the top 10 for energy-efficient buildings which include LEED and Energy Star. Atlanta is also second in the nation when it comes to LEED-certified event spacing. The booming metropolitan city has 6.5 million square feet that are covered by the energy-efficient buildings,...

Annotated Bibs – 2nd Round

“Atlanta Reduces Homeless Population (and Saves Money in the Process) – Dec. 11, 2014.” N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. Focusing on the increasingly prevalent issue of homelessness inside the perimeter, Atlanta’s Innovation Delivery Team created a way to get more people off of the streets and to save money while doing. The reason why hundreds of other organizations weren’t prospering in helping homelessness dwindle was because all of these organizations had certain areas and criterias in mind, none of which had a common goal. The team helped analyze what the nation’s need was ended up forming a collective called ATL311. ATL311 is a helpline that has reduced the average call time from 120 seconds to 20 seconds. The basis of this line is to improve customer service, thus furthering the city with more connectedness. “VISIT Krog Street Tunnel: A Street Art Haven | the FEED Atlanta.” N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. Located in betwixt Inman Park and Cabbagetown, the Krog Street Tunnel has been a prominent pillar of rebellion for the Atlanta community. It began as a graffiti-covered act of oppression and slowly transgressed into a visual melting pot. Many bands and companies do a pretty hefty amount of advertising on these colorful walls. There are also chili cook-offs and street festivals that fill up this tunnel to showcase the growing artistic realm of Atlanta. The space remains free to the public to tag and embellish. City Hall has also mentioned that it will remain a stomping ground for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs alike until further notice. “Nature Enhances the Built Environment.” CREW Atlanta Blog. N.p., 17 Nov....

Architectural Roadblocks Within The Classroom

Reading Summary #6 Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage; it sounds so familiar to us nowadays, because those are words that are being used so freely to describe our society’s necessity to adapt and move forward in our way of thinking and teaching. Transform, Interact, Learn and Engage; or better known as, “TILE”. It is a an acronym used to discuss the forward thinking and innovative learning centers being placed within the University of Iowa’s Campus’. Nowadays, everyone is looking for new ways to learn faster and gather information quicker than the person to their left or right. This has forced the world to adapt and start thinking of alternative learning styles that can help the new generation of students learn how they are meant to learn. The traditional class room was a blockade to the built environment of our classroom and required restructure for us to excel to our fullest potential. I mean, let’s be honest, how well do you pay attention in a classroom like this?   In this Journal of Learning Space, Vol 1, No 2; Sam Van Horne describes this necessity and backs up his claims based on factual evidence. Page 2, paragraph 2, he describes how even the size of the table made for the room is not by accident. In their findings, a table that is smaller than 7 feet would make students cramped but a table larger would promote table wide discussions. They were able to determine that a 7 foot wide table was the perfect size in diameter for promotion of collaboration and appropriate level of conversations. In a day in age, where...

Discussion Food “Acrylic Paint is main stream Art medium”

Paintings are mad to convey visual information to the viewer.  Painting is the standard form of art we have grown accustomed.  Every day we are bombarded with graphical images that give us direction, warnings, advertisement and many other suggestions. A graphic illustration is the beginning of creating a layout of a design concept.  Color helps to show values and contours that make the art more appealing. The choice of color is important to the message the art wants to convey. The hue and the intensity of the colors impact the visibility of the art. Artist us a variety of color mediums to obtain the color schemes for the desired result. The Masters of painted media preferred oils to make high quality and detailed wall hangings. Some painting on exposed walls, the artist used water based paint. Usually, the wall would be coated with plaster because it bonded well with the water based paint. Michaelangelo was famous for painting walls using tempera paint.  Tempra is a water base paint well known for use in Fresco painting.  Fresco paintings use a plaster backing for tempera paint application.  Fresco paintings are durable and last hundreds of years depending on the environment. Happy medium Oil paint is the old standard and has qualities not surpassed by another type of paint.  Oil painting requires a considerable period to dry properly.  For commercial artist slow drying time is unacceptable.  Even the tempura paint has a curing process necessary for best results.  The processing time required when using Oils, or water based paint is a serious issue for commercial production artist. Acrylic paint is water based...

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