Ponce City Market Built Environment Description (Interior)

I arrived at Ponce City Market, which used to be the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, around 6:36 pm. I walk into the main food court and I see various restaurants and shops and groups of people walking around and eating. I walk up the stairs towards the back and arrive on the second floor. I sit on at a round wooden table with metallic accents and chairs. I observe the environment below. The design seems industrial with high ceilings and hard wood floors and open railings for bystanders to lounge on. I see groups of people from various areas and they all appear to belong to the upper and middle class based on the business-like attire (suits, luxury brands, etc.) The male-to-female gender ratio seems to be equal, however they tend to only engage within their own gender.  Gigantic black light fixtures hang from white concrete. The building appears to be inspired by urban design. In the distance I hear the chatter of people, salsa music, and the hum of human activity. I can smell food cooking The lighting is dim and low with no windows or natural light which creates a dungeon like ambiance. On the second floor there are a few shops and a gallery area for artist exhibitions as well as a sign pointing to the Beltline. The materials throughout the market appear to be industrial such as steel, wood, and brightly colored paint. These features give the market an urban vibe but also clean sophistication that attracts both young and older people. On the first floor there is an display case which shows a...

The Majestic Diner: Interior Built Environment Description

Mark Lamar March 4, 2016 Interior Built Environment Description The Majestic Diner in Atlanta, Georgia is where I conducted my research for my interior built environment description.  Located on Ponce De Leon Avenue near a cluster of other historic sites, the restaurant stands out as a unique spot from first glance.  From the outside, one can already begin to smell the freshly scrambled eggs as soon as you begin to approach the elaborate neon sign that brands the landmark. When you finally reach the translucent glass entrance of the restaurant, you are free to seat yourself anywhere in the diner and begin to search the menu.  Round, bright light bulbs draw your attention to the most popular menu choices displayed high on the wall above the kitchen.  The inside of the building is decorated with several presumably historic pieces of art, commemorating the state of Georgia, and the city of Atlanta itself.  Red accents on the seats, booths and counters of the diner create a consistent, simple aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye and makes the font of the menu easy to read.  The inside may feel a bit crowded or clustered to some as the way the dining area is constructed is reminiscent of that of a shotgun house. The way the grills and deep fryers are positioned directly in front of the patrons gives off a very down-home southern vibe.  It feels as if you are resting at your grandma’s while she cooks a hot meal for you to eat before you get back on the road.  And honestly, I feel that is why the Majestic...

Annotated Bibliography 4: How Natural and Built Environments Impact Human Health

Khmer, Steve. Children playing on tree. Digital image. Panoramio.com. N.p., 2 Nov. 2009. Web. 19 Feb. 2016. Entry #4 Wells, Nancy, Dr. “How Natural and Built Environments Impact Human Health.” Cornell University College of Human Ecology. Web. 19 Feb. 2016. Dr. Nancy Wells’ research led to her conclusion that a natural environment featuring wildlife and plants is beneficial to humans in more ways than one.  Not only did she confirm the findings of the authors of “Recognizing Campuses as Learning Spaces,” but she also went more in-depth into the actual benefits of an open landscape.  Her article states that a natural living space promotes exercise, offers a sense of community, and opens up new forms of recreation to the public.  Her studies also show that citizens who live in such an environment are prone to living longer lives.  In built-environments, where the land is not as pedestrian-friendly, citizens have shown less recreational activity and higher rates of crime.  There is one flaw in her experiment however, as her subjects were not selected randomly.  Wells also tested children for data as well.  Research shows that green environments foster social interaction and offer more social support while children of more built environments undergo more stressful...

B.E.D Lenox Square

As I arrived to Lenox Square in Atlanta, GA near Buckhead, I became as observant and open minded, as I could be. I wanted to take note of everything I saw and look at Lenox in a different light. I sat on a bench at the front of the main entrance, near a parking lot Thursday night, February 11. For starters, I noticed Lenoxs’ surroundings and how bright everything seemed to be. In this well lit environment, there was about 20 huge light posts, and lights coming from all directions, even lights toward the entrance and the name ‘Lenox Square,’ all within a 1 mile radius. Everything in Lenoxs’ surrounding seemed to go well together.The tall building that overlook Lenox, make the environment brighter, it’s also are modern and up to date, sort of like Lenox. Lenox square main entrance consists of big block letters ‘LENOX SQUARE’, huge glass window panes, and marble around its trim, and glass revolving doors that were decorated with plants inside them. The revolving doors were accompanied by a shade that was also composed of glass and stainless steel dividers. The exterior looked very is very high cultured and looks like it’s been made by someone with modern and exquisite taste. To the right of the entrance there are three restaurants: True Food, Zin burger, and Sprinkles. On the left there’s a huge Nike store, a Cheesecake Factory, and a Macy’s department store. In between the Macy’s and the Cheesecake Factory is a walkway, and near the road there’s a roundabout. The valet, also connects to the road where the roundabout is. It’s located...
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