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...

Reading Summary 2

“Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities in Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York” by Irina Nersessova talks about the true meaning of homelessness and if the people living in the tunnels fit the description. She highlights the difference of having a home and having a stable home. The tunnel people have a home but not in the traditional sense, that is until city planers come through and demolish them. Nersessova goes on to paint New York as a pure capitalist. According to her they are so concerned with New York as a marketable image that they are neglecting the citizens that do not fit into their ideal image. It goes on to explain that in the eyes of the city if a particular area is not profitable it does not exist. The excerpt about a man named Bernard gives a first hand account of someone who lived in the tunnel. Bernard explains the experience as almost other worldly. He says that it is easy to find yourself in the tunnel but if not careful, Bernard insinuates, You may become the tunnel. Another resident of the tunnel was said to have been creating murals of significant works of art in the tunnels for decades. This is particularly impressive due to another account of the tunnel as being perfectly dark. The Art represents that the residents are making the space their own and creating a home for themselves. This theme of customization of one’s home in the tunnel served as a bit of a juxtaposition of what I thought to be the overall theme of  the article....

Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment

Upon reading the Yale Law Journal by Sarah Schindler on Architectural Exclusion, I was enlightened on this practice that still plagues the realm of city planning to this day. The article sets a good framework in the introduction by really honing in on the idea that this is not an out dated practice with the inclusion of the failures of MARTA railway systems to trickle out into the suburban areas. This failure sets up this issue as relevant not only in time but as well as space since we as Georgia State students are affected by MARTA and utilize it at least once in our academic career. This journal goes on to talk about how us as citizens are made to believe that these architectural infrastructures such as one way streets or low hanging bridges are anything but regular structures in a urban area. They paint a very vivid picture filled with details of deeper more sinister intentions behind these specific structures with tales of poorer black communities being shunned away from white privileged cities and labeling the new changes as ‘noise and traffic control’. These structural changes are brushed away as other things besides racially targeting black neighborhoods. They also explain the progression of this exclusionary act into the courts as people try to make claims against these structures as the citizens were being made more aware of the true intentions of these changes and exclusions. Even though there are many clauses and laws set for to protect against racially targeting practices like the Thirteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, it’s hard for people to get the justice they...
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