Built Environment Description

Description of r/Atlanta   Reddit is the self proclaimed front page of the internet. Within reddit there are countless subreddits. There is a subreddit for almost anything. These subreddits have people from all over the world posting content for their peers to comment on. The subreddit for Atlanta is unique because it has local contributors and a local audience. At the top of the page it has a skyline view of the city at sunset. directly below is a feature that sorts posts in several ways. The most common and default sort is “hot”. This gives readers the most clicked posts of the day. Two other common sorts are “new” and “top”. New shows the newest post and “top” shows the most upvoted posts. When the “hot” sort is selected the top post is an automatically generated post that is a thread for Atlanta Weekly Events. Here people can post events that are going on in the metro Atlanta area. On the right side bar, there are several important sections. The top section has a picture of the sign to the fox theatre and also shows both the amount of subscribers and current users on the subreddit at the time. Directly below that is a section that links to related subreddits and social media accounts ran by the moderators of the subreddit.  This is followed by an Atlanta Quicklinks section. (below) This section is especially useful to people who are looking to move to Atlanta but also serves a purpose for people that already live here. It has links to available jobs, neighborhood/roommate searches, education links and several other...

Reading Summary 5

Summary of the Color Walking  Color Walking By Phia Bennin and Brendan McMullan is a small blog post that details the walks of the two authors. The idea is that the path of the walk is decided by the involuntary attention grabbing described in the  article Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces by Kathleen Scholl and Gowri Gulwadi. Scholl and Gulwadi describe involuntary attention is a phenomenon that “occurs when individuals are presented with stimuli that are “inherently intriguing”. Interaction with natural environments (especially green nature) employs faculties of concentration not normally used – involuntary ones – thus allowing the neural mechanisms underlying directed attention a chance to rest and replenish. This in turn can benefit performance on other tasks, delay gratification, and perhaps even regulate levels of depression and stress.” Bennin and McMullan let a color that grasped their attention guide their journey through west New York City. The Idea of a color walk comes from a teacher named William Burroughs that wanted to inspire his students.(Bennin and McMullan) The color walk has several different possibilities. The walk can be done with only one color or jumping from color to color. Jumping from color to color more plays into the idea of involuntary attention. Bennin and McMullan chose to do a color walk that switched colors. They started with the blues. The first blue that they were pulled to was the scarf of an older woman. The woman seemed intrigued by what they were doing and even let them take a picture of the scarf. She joked that the scarf would look better on someone else. The next direction our...

Sports Arena Description

Deafening roars, emphatic cheering, and resounding music being played are things that are to be expected at any sporting event right? Not necessarily at Georgia State. Our games sound like a mix of different small conversations, clicks from people texting on their phones, and the occasional shoe squeak. For my interior built environment description, I chose the Georgia State Sports Arena. I figured that there is no better way to study the arena than during the intended use of hosting basketball games. On Thursday February 18, after a long day of school, I attended the game against the Little Rock Trojans. For those who do not know the Trojans are the best team in our conference with a record of 23-3 compared to only a 13-11 record for our Panthers. My expectations for winning this game were not very high. To my surprise the panthers came out rolling going up by fourteen points early in the game. As I mentioned earlier the crowd activity was just not in it as much as you would expect to see from a winning side. If you ever watch a sporting event on TV, It is likely that you will hear an announcer say that the team is being energized by the crowd. I do not know if that actually happens or if it just a conspiracy to get people to yell at games but our team was certainly losing some energy. By the end of the half, our lead had been reduced to nine points. Despite the lack of crowd participation, everybody else there was pretty awesome. The cheerleaders put the most...

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography #1-3 Piedmont Park Conservancy. “Piedmont Park Conservancy.” About the Conservancy. N.p., 2012. Web. 4 Feb. 2016. This source is a mission statement for the piedmont park conservancy. The conservancy helps keep the park green, restores any lacking parts of the park and deals with any expansions that the park may be eligible for. They also organize volunteer events inside the park as well as provide security. This source is somewhat bragging about what the conservancy in order to get viewers to donate to support the cause. Over $1,000,000 has been claimed to have been spent on various projects. This source is important and relevant to my project because the conservancy is the reason that my particular external built environment looks the way it does today. Piedmont Park was a failing park before the project to revitalize it in 1989 was a success. I chose this source because it is the official website of my built environment. Also because they are a non-profit organization that works to save an important part of the city that we live in. There are a couple flaws in the source. It only provides the improvements they have made. It shows nothing negative and nothing from before the 1980s.   Ammons, Jesse et al. “Hollywood Comes To… ATLANTA.” Atlanta 51.5 (2011): 80–4. Print. This is an article from a magazine in 2011 that talks about the potential and likely move of the Hollywood film industry to Atlanta. The article starts with an illustration by Thomas Burns that takes the Hollywood sign layout and redesigns it to spell out “ATLANTA” with spotlights behind it....

Physical Site Analysis

The Built Environment Mapping the space 1. identify the location for the site analysis 2. observation of existing conditions 3, boundaries take note of objects and layout 4. activity that goes on in this environment 5. final inventory from observations Field Notes 1. data sheet with two columns 2. note: date, time, location, subject type 3. observation column => measurable observations 4. personal response => thoughtful, feelings, questions 5. study notes => pay attention to patterns, repetition, questions, further supporting research Note: definitions of sensory descriptions 1. More details => be more descriptive 2. Engage => use one or more senses 3. object visibility => use senses as the lens to magnify observations Primary Sources 1. interview community 2. survey community 3. observation and experimentation 4. social media for contributors and supporters 5. photo archive of artifacts for discussion Empirical v.s. Interpretive empirical conclusions are measurable for interpretive...

Bibliography Wilfried Wang

Wang, Wilfried. “Forum The Built Environment through the Cultural–architectural Lens.” Building Research & Information 36.6 (2008): 674-76. Print. In this article “Forum The Built Environment through the Cultural–architectural Lens” (2008), Wilfried Wang argues that “The built environment is the physical constitution of human history and indicates, in its parts as well as a whole, (Wang).  Wang describes Architectural concepts for design to be antiquated and lost in the collective needs of the metropolis. To make his argument, Wang talks about deconstruction and reconstruction of cultural habit that limits our peripheral view. “why the goal of reducing detrimental emissions within the decade of the window of opportunity is unlikely to be reached: not because our current realization or technology is lacking, but because the roots of our cultural habits are deeply anchored in history, and because these roots have a projective cast of which one first needs to be conscious before one can act on them” (Wang). Wang is talking to Architects, builders, and environmentalist who understand the rut, “For all those involved in these issues, the persistence of the dominant cultural footprint remains the strongest force against change.”...
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