Final Introduction

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

14 December 2016

Final Introduction

Many places can have a big background story that you would never have thought when you visit it. Going to my site and researching about it made me realize many things specially how is true as Sarah B. Schindler mention in “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation through Physical Design of the Built Environment” that we rarely notice every detail of the architecture of our environment, many things are made for a reason not always for decoration. As Sarah mention the armrests of a bench on a park are there to avoid people from taking naps, especially homeless, but many people would have thought it was there to separate the seats. Everything has is made for a reason you might not know it there is a big meaning to everything. Franklin Square has change a lot throughout the year, right now it’s not in on ts best condition but hopefully it will get better.

Annotated Bibliography #10

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

Williams, Clarence. “Police Investigate Report of Shots Fired in Downtown DC during Evening Commute.” The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

When I visit Franklin Square Park I had to run crossing the street because ambulance and police officers were coming. My first impression wasn’t the best but I had heard this area wasn’t the safest one. The websites takes about shot fired inside One franklin Square during rush hour a normal Wednesday. No one got injured and they never found the shorter.

This guy came from out of nowhere and decided to fire at random that is why we always have to be looking around wherever we go. It took 5 seconds for a normal day in the business district zone to turn into a chaos. This website will definitely help me talk about the obscure part of the park. I hope nothing like this occur anytime soon.

Annotated Bibliography #9

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

Morphy, Erika. “Clements Worldwide Picks One Franklin Square As Headquarters.” GlobeSt, 10 Feb. 2016. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

Two years ago One franklin Square was 45% vacant but thanks to the movement of The Washington Post that percentage change. As part of the renewal, building owner Hines promised to make several upgrades, including refurbishing the building’s elevators, creating an internal connection to the restaurant space from the lobby, and installing automated security turnstiles (Morphy). The Clements will be moving to the 12th floor, the most modern and biggest area of the building, since they have double in revenue growth over the past five years and needed more space.

Websites like this one will help me understand better how they deal with decision making and the changes they make to accommodate everyone. That is why I like how the article ends with this quote: “Equally important, we needed space to accommodate client interaction given our current size and stature, as well as meetings with underwriters,” said CFO Tarun Chopra.

 

Annotated Bibliography #8

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

Meier, Jared. “ONE FRANKLIN SQUARE.” N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2016.

The website let us know the prime retail space at One Franklin Square, metro stops near by, daytime population, residential population, average house income and all the restaurants near the area. This website is very good for any tourist visiting one franklin square. It includes various maps each with a different concept. One map includes the metro line and tells you how far from the park it is.   Another map includes about 50 places, restaurants, stores and hotels, near the area with the its specific directions. The last map is about One franklin Square SF site plan, helps me understand better how big it actually is.

I definitely need this website for my BED exterior and interior since it gives me a better picture of franklin park surroundings. I will also include one of the maps as a picture in my project since it will help the reader understand better the area.

 

Annotated Bibliography #7

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

Neiluer, Michael. “National Park Service Advances Overhauled Franklin Square Park.” N.p., 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

National Park Service is planning a major renovation of Franklin Square, 4.79-acre expanse. This part is located in the middle of DC’s central business district. The next step for the park service, which owns the square, is to finalize the design and develop an agreement with the District and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District to construct and manage the new park. The park project may be completed by 2017.(Neiluer)

This website talked about many thing the park has to fixed. When I visit the park I notice many of the things mentioned on this website like: the fountain lacks a filtration system, the park suffers from erosion and soil compaction, the pavement is crumbling and the benches are poorly maintained. I hope to see some big changes for the park in 2017. I know this website will help me explain better the modifications National Park Service is planning on making.

Annotated Bibliography #6

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

“1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005.” LoopNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

I learn from this website more about the spacing of One Franklin Square. Includes information like the year of the building, lot size, building size, maximum contiguous and more. The building includes two towers, constructed of polished and flame-cut granite, which rise from the base and identify the building from afar.Located on a prominent corner of K Street and 13th, the building is conveniently located near public transportation, the White House, Treasury, and K Street. (1301 K St NW)

It emphasize how the building includes a full service fitness facility, valet service, ample on-site park and the 24-hour security personnel. I learned that the EPA has recognized One Franklin Square for its superior energy efficiency. I believe the facts that are presented in this website will help my paper on the rhetorical aspect. I now have a better picture of the size and different services the building provides.

Annotated Bibliography #5

Ana Junco

College Writing

Professor Hoskins

“ONE FRANKLIN SQUARE BUILDING ENHANCEMENTS.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2016.

Recently there was a renovation in the lobby, roof terraces and penthouses of One Franklin Square building. Along with re-programming the penthouse spaces the existing roof terraces were re-conceptualized and transformed from utilitarian service spaces into a tenant amenity with outdoor terrace. Casual seating, wood screens, a green wall and creative lighting were used as common themes among all of the new spaces(ONE FRANKLIN SQUARE BUILDING ENHANCEMENTS). The lobby was completely modernized. One of the perks of this building is the incredible views on the city skyline the changes made didn’t affected the view.

All this changes complemented the existing building but made a clear distinction and new impression with modern architecture. This website will help the understand how One franklin Square has changed with this renovation in a different perspective on how I was looking at it. I will use it for my Digital BED and my final paper. 

Extra Point: About Me

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’m currently a freshman in American University studying Business Administration. I will like to do a minor in International Business since I would like to learn more about how cross border transactions of services, goods, and resources  work between two or more nations. Being the youngest one in the house made my parents be more protective with me than with my brothers.  I have a passion for photography and my hobbies were ballet and soccer. Since I came to college I don’t have much time to continue on practicing neither soccer or ballet but its something I will always take with me. For my second semester of Junior year I will like to go about to madrid and learn many thing from there culture. I am definitely looking foward for the next four years of college.

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.

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