Reading Analysis #4

 

 

This open space is good and different area for studying

This open space is good and different area for studying

Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces

           In the article, “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces,” Kathleen G. Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi argue that for students to learn and process information better, they need a balance between indoor and outdoor learning environments. University campuses should play an important role in providing a learning environment for students and it should be more than a modern classroom with all types of technological devices. Students should be in a classroom setting that will help them engage more in the lectures and lessons that are being taught. According to the Journal of Learning Spaces, “well-designed and connected networks of indoor and open spaces on campuses can be key, yet typically overlooked catalysts, in student learning and a strong influence on students’ initial and longstanding experiences that promote a sense of belonging to the learning community” (Scholl, Kathleen). This is highlighting that a classroom does not suffice for a learning environment, and that an open outdoor setting is also vital to the knowledge intake of students and professors.

           The increase in technology devices used today has affected the student’s academic learning goals. Curricular and extracurricular activities require a great amount of concentration and it is important to maintain a balance in both activities for a well rounded college experience. Students who engage themselves in extracurricular activities have a more positive and socially active college experience because they learn to interact as a team with other people as opposed to working alone. Many years ago, university founders thought it was more beneficial if the location of the university had a significant distance between the campus and the main part of the city, but at the same time was still open for a large community. It is important for a college campus to have a college setting within a city, so that students feel as if they are living at school while they are independent living alone. In addition, the post war depression of 1930 had an increase in student enrollment which led to the incorporation of automobiles on campus. Students began to take their cars to their universities as a means of fast and easy transportation. Furthermore, by preserving and suitably integrating open spaces into the green infrastructure, universities could add value and quality to the campus environment. According to this article, by forging a campus identity, creating a sense of community, curbing escalating campus density, serving social and recreational needs, providing environmental benefits, and facilitating fundraising and recruitment, faculty and students can be more comfortable and at home at their university campus. For example, “older campus plans emphasized disciplinary boundaries and newer campus designs are more amorphous and integrative.” (Scholl, Kathleen)

               It is true that indoor classroom settings offer students a structured education with the chance of less distractions and more direct attention. But, outdoor classrooms give students the opportunity to think outside the box and connect their inner thoughts with nature. When the indoor classroom setting is expanded to the outdoor environment, it enhances the student’s imagination and ability to interact more with nature on a spiritual and physical level. Open space is vital to the quality of learning and adds to the essence of a college campus.

Work Cited

Scholl, Kathleen; Gulwadi, Gowri. “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces.”      Journal of Learning Spaces, vol. 4, no. 1, July 2015.

Annotated Bibliography #4

“One Franklin Square.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2016.

This Wikipedia article talks about  the interior of One Franklin Square. “Only about 10 percent of the space will be private offices, which required extensive demolition of interior walls and the removal of the walls on the seventh and eighth floor in the east tower so they joined with the floors on the west tower. The newly joined space will create two 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) floors capable of accommodating 700 newsroom workers and software engineers.” This information will help me make sense of each floors capability for my interior project.

This facts will help me understand better how the building is divided. “The build-out also will construct four sets for live television filming, a new staircase between the seventh and eighth floors in each tower, and a two-story auditorium on the fourth floor.” Also takes about the owners decision making process .”Hines also agreed to alter the building’s south-facing facade to give Postworkers floor-to-ceiling windows”.

Reading Analysis 3

This photograph above let us know that this bathroom can be use by any gender.

This photograph above let us know that this bathroom can be use by any gender.

His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society

          In the article “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society,” Suzanne Tick argues how society is changing to a more inclusive environment in the modern revolution.  The space and time we are living in is changing at an alarming rate in the way we perceive gender and gender-related issues. It is in the right mind to declare that, there a particular kind of gender evolution worldwide. The moral aspect that seemed to borrow this notion of the traditional understanding of the masculine and feminine roles has undergone a complete overhaul. This change has been uniquely spearheaded by rampant advances in the realm of science and technology. Moreover, the shift within cultures taking a leaf from instances of sexual politics and gender-based media depictions has also played a critical role in gender evolution (Tick).

           Designers are critically recollecting the instances that were highly dominated by male genders such the power roles in high-end offices which made them more superior than the females. These prominent offices that bolster about 85% of male population include the offices in the world of web design and technology. However, a renaissance period is being felt because the wave of feminism is taking a toll in the current male dominated world (Tick).

          Gender equality has been recently supported by an actress by the name Emma Watson who is also UN Women Goodwill Ambassador; trying to encourage men to support her cause in enforcing gender equality. Men have been understood to be dominant all over the world and therefore, it will be extremely exceptional if they showed support in promoting the gender equality issue (Tick).

          It is also important to decipher that equality has been promoted through the LGBT rights movement which states that everyone should be treated equally no matter what his/her sexual orientation is. In addition to this, barriers and hierarchies have been understood to come down in common workplaces as women’s presence is becoming more rampant.  Aspects of the woman touch are also being felt in office niches including an emphasis on views, windows, hospitality, carpeting, and textiles. These attributes brought about by the women-folk, have in essence strengthened the bond between these genders and also resulted in high-profit margins in business forums.

           The gender parity switch has been uniquely felt in the fashion industry whereby designers have been extremely open minded in jellying these genders. One of the celebrated designers, Alexander Wang, who is chiefly known for designing women’s coat, has broken the bank by going ahead in designing men cloth line with a military touch. Concurrently, Annemiek van der Beek also took part in making Primal Skin makeup line in order to make it more appealing to the male customers. These two designers, for instance, have stopped doing what they used to do earlier and integrated more art in bringing equality in gender by the virtue of modifying their products to attract any gender (Tick).

           The world today has become jumbled in the perception of gender roles in the sense that boys are confused to be girls and vice versa. These particular instances have been experienced in learning institutions such as colleges whereby, a great number of students are standing up to institutions and urging them not to identify them with gender roles. In other words, they want to be neutral, and thus, they don’t want to be classified as either a male or female.

           In retrospect, I might add that gender roles are a thing of the past since people are also embracing the transgender ideology. Since time in memorial, transgenders were regarded as outcasts in the community especially in the American set-up. But later on in 1995, Martine Rothblat a transgender female published The Apartheid of Sex which insisted that there are a vast number of people in the world with different and unique sexual orientations (Tick, 2015). These people were to be respected and given a chance to have a favorable environment to make a living just like the normal males and females. Equality is not just a mere option or favor, but it is in entirety a right.  

Work Cited

Tick, Suzanne. “His &Amp; Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” Metropolis, Metropolis

Annotated Bibliography #3

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins
“Welcome to One Franklin Square’s Tenant® Portal.” Welcome to One Franklin Square’s Tenant®                    Portal. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2016.

            One Franklin Square is located in 1301 K Street NW across from Washington’s second largest park, Franklin Square. It’s the fifth tallest building in The District of Colombia and it was completed in 1989. The edifice characteristic design and noticeable location on Franklin Square make it one of Washington’s most recognizable office buildings, a 12-story, 625,644-square-foot structure sited five blocks northeast of the White House.

            This website provides information of the structure of the building. This will help me in my building environment interior. The four upper floors of the building are set back up to 20 feet, to further break the mass of the facade. This provides a feeling of several building heights and sizes, which are complimentary to the adjacent structures. No signs or advertisements shall be attached to the Building and no sign shall be put up or painted upon the Building, the halls, staircases, or entrances, except upon the doors or walls within the Leased Premises that are not visible from the common area, without the prior written approval by the Property Management Office.

 

 

Commonplace Book #5

“Shall Property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”

Root Sentence: College and university students should ontinue to be exempt from taxation? 4  words that most jump out at me: providers, college, continue, taxation. We don’t know who wrote this but the authors expects us, the audience, to give an answer. The question is very confusing at first but its just asking if: The University System of Georgia and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation?

Digital Archives

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First Photo 

Run-down park

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Third Photo

Third Photo

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Forth Photo

Digital Archives “1301 K Street NW”

            The first photo is how the park looked some years ago. The grass looks very healthy and sidewalks were in good conditions. In contrast, the second photo and the video, the park looks decrepit and run-down. People used to grab their lunch and have a casual picnic but now days people don’t do that. The third photo is a complete shoot on the One franklin square we can see the five-part structure, consisting of two noticeable towers rising between three smaller, yet vertical towers. The forth photo I took it when I visit this area, many homeless lived in this park.

Built Environment Description #1

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Well maintained park with people doing picnics.

 

Run-down park

Run-down park

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1301 K Street NW

                     One Franklin Square is located in 1301 K Street NW across from Washington’s second largest park, Franklin Square. It’s the fifth tallest building in The District of Columbia and it was completed in 1989. It was developed by Prentiss Company and designed by Hartman-Cox Architects and The Dewberry Company. One Franklin Square is currently owned and managed by Hines Interests. The building has a five-part structure, consisting of two noticeable towers rising between three smaller, yet vertical towers. The edifice characteristic design and noticeable location on Franklin Square make it one of Washington’s most recognizable office buildings, a 12-story, 625,644-square-foot structure sited five blocks northeast of the White House (Hines,2016). It is located in a commercial area many business services, banks, hotel, restaurants and public transportation surround One Franklin square. It’ s easy to navigate ,and the neutral colors in all the building and some green areas because of the franklin park. There are many different kind of building in this area. One Franklin square is considered a modern building but Franklin school building has an old fashion architecture look, because it’s made with reddish bricks.

              Across the street of One Franklin Square building there is the Franklin Park is Downtown DC’s largest park, which is nearly 5 acres. This square is owned by the National Park Service (NPS) (Block ,2015). In 1832 the federal government bought the square to guard a spring and provided fresh water to the White House. By 1936 the park was redesigned and still look more or less the same. In the middle of the park there is a statue honoring Commodore John Barry, a Revolutionary War hero, it has been there since 1914 (United States. National Park Service). Building like One Franklin Square, Franklin School and the Almas Temple surround the park. I recently had the opportunity to visit this place and when I was crossing the street from One Franklin Square to get to the park I had to run since police cars and ambulance were coming. When I entered the park it was completely different from its surrounding, there were several homeless people, the grass was decrepit, benches with chipped paint and the sidewalks were in poor conditions. Franking park has poor maintenance and it is noticeable because it is situated in a very wealthy area. NPS partnership with the District government and the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID) they establish a remodeling plan and a sustainable maintenance for next year.

             Like every other office building areas, lunch hour is busy time. Many places to eat near One Franklin Square even food trucks come during the day. People don’t even use the park to eat their food or have picnic they just used it as a shortcut to get from one place to the other. This park could make a difference in this area if the remodeling plan of NPS and BID has a positive outcome. At night this zone changes completely, because there are no more busy office workers, but instead restaurants with many tourist and nightclubs life takes over. It’s impressive how to location across each other are so different but still share the same population.

Works Cited

Block, Alex. “Franklin Park.” Downtown DC. N.p., 2015. Web. 03 Oct. 2016.

Hines. “Welcome to One Franklin Square’s Tenant® Portal.” Welcome to One Franklin               Square’s Tenant® Portal. N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Oct. 2016.

United States. National Park Service. “Franklin Square.” National Parks Service. U.S.    Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.

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Homeless

 

Commonplace Book #4

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           Through the year’s bathrooms have been separated by gender but know days there are many gender inclusive bathrooms. This poster is located in some bathroom of American University by the housing and dining program, their purpose is to make every student in this school feel comfortable and safe in this environment. This photograph above let us, the community, know that this bathroom consists of two stalls meaning that any gender can use it. I believe human being shouldn’t be label based on their gender. American University is doing the right thing by taking this measures and making sure no one feels excluded.

Annotated Bibliography #2

Ana Junco

College Writing

October 4, 2016

Professor Hoskins

 

Annotated Bibliography #2

Block, Alex. “Franklin Park.” Downtown DC. N.p., 2015. Web. 03 Oct. 2016.

              The Franklin Park is Downtown DC’s larges park, nearly 5 acres. It is located in a commercial area, many office building surrounding the park. This square is owned by the National Park Service (NPS), this green space needs a transformation. NPS partnership with the District government and the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID) they establish a remodeling plan and a sustainable maintenance.

 

               This source takes about the Environmental Assessment for the Franklin Park Vision and Transformation plan (EA). How the NPS thinks that the EA plan won’t have a positive impact on Franklin Park. It contains links for future plans also it includes documents and repots related to the determination to renew Franklin Square. I know this source will help me complete my Building environment project because the first thing I notice when I walk into the park was the poor maintenance this area had.

Annotated Bibliography #1

Ana Junco

College Writing

October 3, 2016

Professor Hoskins

Annotated Bibliography #1

United States. National Park Service. “Franklin Square.” National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.

              Franklin Square is located in the downtown area of Washington D.C. In 1832 the federal government bought the square to guard a spring and provided fresh water to the White House. By 1936 the park was redesigned and still look more or less the same. In the middle of the park there is a statue honoring Commodore John Barry, a Revolutionary War hero, it has been there since 1914.

              This source will help me understand better the history of Franklin Square. Two important building that still remain there are the Franklin School and the Almas Temple that are surrounded by monumental office building. Also the Washington Post is right across the street. I have visit this are but I’m looking forward on learning more about the history of the square and its surroundings.