Built Environment Analysis

Atlanta has a good amount of colleges and universities in its parameters. These schools include Morris Brown College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Tech, and of course, Georgia State University. Being that these schools are in the city, rather than in closed campuses, the built environment of Atlanta has developed into one that helps students adapt to their new environment. The area of Downtown Atlanta, in particular, has evolved into an environment that accommodates the wants and needs of Georgia State University students, making their way of living more convenient. The metropolitan area of Atlanta has shown numbers in improvement regarding its transportation system and many college students throughout several campuses in the city has taken full advantage to the system available to them. The extensive transportation system located throughout the Metro Atlanta area shows how far the city has come to accommodate the students in these surrounding areas. Georgia State University’s Panther Express has been proven to be of great use to its students. The Express currently has daily dedicated routes between 7:00 am to midnight with stops at Turner Field, GCB, Student Center, University Commons, Piedmont North, Arts and Humanities Building, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. The Express helps students beat traffic and arrive to their classes on time in a professional manner without the worrying of parking tickets and other situations regarding vehicles in the city. Although the express is a convenient way to travel throughout the metropolitan area, it isn’t available in all parts of Metro Atlanta. Therefore, MARTA is available for use for the students residing in Downtown Atlanta....

Campus Shooting: Georgia State University’s Rhetoric as an Inner City Institution Analysis

The moon Illuminating Piedmont North Dorms on the night of the shooting. When I first received my acceptance letter to Georgia State, I was tentative about attending school here this being due to the fact that safety concerns are a huge part of the spacial rhetoric for Downtown Atlanta and subsequently- Georgia State has. With the biased lens of a 18 year old girl who grew up in a predominantly upper class, white suburb section of Los Angeles county, Georgia State seemed scary. In what ways does a city with: “a violent crime rate of 1,433 per 100,000” (Forbes) really manipulate the rhetoric behind a leading research university located in it’s heart? An example of this manipulation can be easily found- stemming from a drug related shooting that occurred on campus- just days ago. It was nine o’clock at night when I was walking back into my dorm. Earphones in and desperately wanting a shower after doing my hour and a half at the gym I rushed upstairs- completely unaware of what was occurring in the parking lot directly behind me. At 9:00 on Monday night, March 21st 2016, Georgia State Freshman, Bryan Rhoden and Shelton Torance Flournoy (who does not attend GSU) got into a drug related altercation in the parking lot of the Piedmont North Dorm building that resulted with both Rhoden, and Flournoy shot in the chest and rushed to Grady Hospital. Police in Piedmont Dorm parking lot the night of shooting. As I observed the aftermath of the shooting (consisting mostly of bewildered residents of the dorm and policemen with blue lights flashing in the...

Interior Built Environment

View from the outside of the student center. The student center is located in the center of the Georgia State Campus. It is a three story building that was built with the student in mind. Everything from the water fountains to the eateries accommodate the many different kinds of students at the college.     The hallways are lined with colorful pictures and paintings that make the big building feel comfortable and homey. The building is very easy to navigate and has different signs to help a student find different destinations in the building. And if someone was to get lost there are many helpful staff members that are willing to assist. The building is also connected to many other GSU buildings on campus which make it very easy to find. The student canter has many elements just for the betterment of students. There are places where people can rent electronics, study, and even color in coloring books and relax.  There are also comfortable chairs lining the halls, as well as outlets everywhere for charging laptops and phones. There are even portable chargers for many different kinds of phones for students to use. There is also a ballroom were various events and parties are held. Many of the rooms in the center can be rented out for organizations and personal use. All in all, every aspect of the Student Center was built with the Georgia State Student in mind. This can be seen from the exterior of the building that has various benches, emergency boxes, and statues to encourage students. To the interior of the building with restaurants, lockers, and relaxing...

Got Water?

Water Fountains No matter what level you may be on in the Recreation Center, these water fountains can be found to quench your dying thirst. There is even a spit fountain for those who choose not to walk all the way to the restrooms. A lot of students come to the gym with their own water bottles, so it is only right that the water fountains come equipped with a space for you to refill your water bottle hands free. These water fountains are built at various heights to accomodate to the different height levels of our students and...
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