Annotated Bibliography #3

Geary, Lori. “MARTA Pushing for Largest Expansion in History.” WSBTV. 20 July 2015. Web. 11 Apr. 2016. In this article that was published by WSBTV, it talks about how badly MARTA wants to make the biggest expansion in history. In ordor to make this happen it would cost $8 billion dollars. Although this expansion would cost tax payers a lot of money, MARTA chairman Robbie Ashe sees this as an opportunity to promote economic growth and to help fill jobs. This new expansion would extend rail lines to parts of North Dekalb, Alpharetta, and parts of South Dekalb. MARTA rider Belinda Morrow explains to how she is sick of having to sit in traffic for long periods of time to get to work. She tells Lori Geary that she would much rather be sitting on MARTA reading a newspaper while on the way to MARTA. Although there are many people pushing to get this expansion completed, there are also many people that do not want to get this expansion completed.  As apart of my research over the built environment I have uncovered that one of the major reasons that many people living in Georgia do not want MARTA to expand is because an expansion would provide easy access to the suburbs. Many wealthy people do not want this because it enables minorities and poor people to have a better opportunity to take suburban jobs and move into the area. Although this is a big issue among taxpayers, MARTA hopes to have the sales tax issue on the ballot in 2016. This could be a big success for the city...

Agnes Scott College Website: Digital Built Environment Description

When logging onto the Agnes Scott College website, the first thing I notice is the photo header at the top of the home page. There is a total of six different pictures that alternate like a slide show. Each photo shows something different about Agnes Scott. The first photo is a picture of the Dalton Art Gallery and its showing|thinking exhibition. The second picture is about the 45th Annual Writing Festival. The third picture is about the story behind SUMMIT. The fourth picture is about the study abroad programs. The fifth picture is about Xinyao Li, a current student that was accepted in to the Math in Moscow program at the Independent University of Moscow.  The last picture is Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott, speaking on the importance of women’s education. Each picture has a button you can click on that links to a separate page with more information on each topic. At the top of the home page, there is a menu with the tabs labeled “About”, “Academics”, “Admissions”, “Student Life”, “Athletics”, “Alumnae”, and “Giving”. When you click on the “Academics” tab, it takes you to the academics page. On the left side of the page there is a sidebar with a list of options that each link to separate pages. They provide information that students need about majors and minors, faculty, important dates, courses provided, support services, registration, and internships. On the right side, there is a list of the majors and minors Agnes Scott provides. Each item on the list links to a separate page, providing more information. Also, the title of the list, “Majors...

Reading Summary 3: Recognizing Campuses as Learning Spaces

Kathleen G Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi discuss the often understated importance of college environments in their writing, “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces.”  Firstly, they frame their message by outlining the scene of colleges in America today.  The number of students in college in the U.S.A. is higher than ever before, and with high enrollment rates there are high expectations for the learning environment.  The authors insist that we already have an image of what a college campus should look like in our mind.  However, why does the ideal campus look the way it does?  Is there any real purpose for having campuses in a seemingly secluded small town with only the college itself driving the local economy? Due to the notion that learning is a process that never goes on summer break or takes the weekend off, an institute of higher learning should promote learning in areas outside of the classroom.  Especially since most of the students’ time is spent outside of class anyway.  Today’s generation of youth is defined by a culture of multitasking and the quick spread of information.  While society demands a large amount of attention, college demands even more, creating a very dynamic lifestyle for the college student of the 2010’s.  That reality is one of the main reasons why a calm, relaxed college setting is imperative.  The school environment is most effective in helping the student succeed when it provides a refuge from the normal level of attention that usually is required from the student.  According to studies, campuses that are more natural and incorporate nature into the daily sights visible by...

Changing How Student’s Learn Through Campus Landscaping

Campus with Nature The way a campus is structured has an impact on how students in the school learn. Back then, campuses were designed to look apart from other environments so students could feel that they are in a “learning environment” but with an area to move freely ( Scholl 53). Now campuses are made to steer students in different learning experience. There a two focuses “help conceptualize future campus planning in relation to student learning” ( Scholl 53). 1) “direct and indirect attention and restoration” 2) “holistic landscape” The addition of natural landscapes and views from the indoors to a natural landscape enables the individual in the campus to be calm, as well refreshed. The use of “nature” can “help to maintain or restore cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory” ( Scholl 55). A “holistic landscape” provides students with restoration. Even little things like more space in classroom seats can augment a student’s learning experience. Spatial...
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