Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Holocaust Museum

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This past Saturday I spent it touring around DC with some friends. Finally, I got the opportunity to go the Holocaust Memorial Museum for the first time. At first, I was kind of lost because it is a big building, but I managed to find my way around. What I most liked about the museum was is structure and how they divide the information chronologically. The museums starts at the top and slowly one goes going down, the place is dark and cold and I found it curious how in parts the place has a peculiar smell that took me back to those times. By learning more about the Nazi regime I could fully comprehend many of the things that happened and why. After going through all the museum and hearing the stories of the survivals I was shocked about all this hatred against other human beings, which it wasn’t fair. I feel that in my high school history class we didn’t cover all of the information that I learned in one day and everyone should be well-informed about what happened and how our relatives were mistreated

Annotated Bibliography #1

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  1. Background

Boese, Kent. Then and Now: The O Street Market. https://ggwash.org/view/2105/then-and-now-the-o-street-market. Accessed 19 Feb. 2017.

This article mentions how the building became a market and it is because Boss Sheperd destroyed the original Northern Liberty market and then, vendors selected the land of 7th and O Street to sell. Furthermore, it debates the architecture of the building and how at first it stable and then with time it tumbled after not only all the social dilemmas, but because of a blizzard, which caused the roof to collapse in 2003

I plan to use this article to support my claims and to look more into how the land was developed into the O Street Market and through the years see all the architectural changes and how they acquired more land to expand. This article is key to start my investigation on the real estate of the neighborhood and maybe this will help me find a linkage between what Marc Fisher discuses in his article about the community. Because as read in class sometimes the architectural appearance of places tend to form the behavior of a place.

  1. Exhibit

Fisher, Marc. “O Street Market: Symbol of Violence Becomes a Marker for D.C.’s Resurgence.” Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/o-street-market-symbol-of-violence-becomes-a-marker-for-dcs-resurgence/2013/11/19/52012d2c-4ca9-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html. Accessed 19 Feb. 2017.

The article was written in 2013 and published by The Washington Post and it uses other articles published by them years before. It mentions the original O Street Market was abandoned, how the building has been bought by the City Market company and renovated to up bring the community in Shaw, and how with all the renovation and difference of people, whose neighborhood it is. I learned that in every corner of that neighborhood there were dealers and that the area of O Street was full of crime and that in March 31, 1994, a shooting occurred outside the market and eight people were shot including a toddler, FBI security guards, elderly women, and a fifteen-year-old kid was dead.

I plan to use this article because it recollects how the community that lived in Shaw felt in 1994 with all the drug war and in 2016 with all the renovations and development. The writer interviews Karen A’Vant, which is the mother of a victim of the shooting and she recalls how unsafe the neighborhood was, but still they were all a community and now she doesn’t live there, but when she visits it doesn’t feel the same and it’s because it used some a predominantly African-American neighborhood and know it is predominantly White and Latino neighborhood. I plan to search for many changes in the race and class that the community has gone through and this article give me a head start on that.

European Cuisine

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During this week of February 11 to February 18, I have been exposed to a new different world, which is the culinary world. I have had the opportunity to go to different restaurants around DC. I have experienced a true mouth explosion. I have to different types of restaurants, most of them where Spanish and included tapas, which is like a smaller appetizer and it is usually shared between the table. Also, I practiced my Italian while ordering the best gluten free pasta I have ever tasted, these were based of a pesto and basil sauce and the other one of a mushroom, tomato, and oil sauce. Finally, my European food trip finished by learning to speak Greek in a modern tapas-style, where I learned about the different spices they use when cooking and how important is to always eat clean. I definitely look forward to keep discovering different places through their foods and enjoying all the value it has with the countries culture.

7th and O St- Inside

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Finally, a picture inside the building here one can see the supermarket from the inside, the connection between both buildings, meaning that in the top there is a glass and that is what connects the gray part and the red brick building, and the O st. Market banner, which is a replica of the original. I think it is captivating how Giant decided to have that sign inside the store and it is in the exact place where the red brick building starts. If one looks closely, one notices the bricks on the ceiling and in the sides (I couldn’t capture more brick columns in this picture, but there where like 5 more).

 

7th and O St NW- From Another Perspective

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Now, this might be a little bit confusing, but this is still part of the red brick building. The building takes all this block and from this newer side is the main entrance to the supermarket which takes the entire block. I decided to include this picture as part of my data recollected because most of the buildings in this street look this modern. At first, I couldn’t understand why the red brick building is like that, but after the research done I know understand it is a historical market. It is interesting how the physical appearance of the building confuses the people because it appears to look as two different buildings.

7th and O St Northwest- Side

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I truly appreciate this picture because of the architectural details that are seen. For example, there are two black columns on the side of each door, which was common for Gothic architectures, but mostly all columns that I have seen from this time go from bottom to the top of the building and these ones have a cement block underneath protecting the base and the top part is supporting the bricks. Furthermore, the hanging lamps on each side are the same and use a different light bulb, which goes with an older time period. I believe that this is this way to preserve the essence of the building during those time.

7th and O St NW- Closer

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Looking from the far I noticed the building is used by Giant supermarket chains, but looking at it closely I notice that “O St Market” is painted in some part of the bricks. While looking for information about the place I stumbled upon the building in 1978, which was a public market building. This building is one of the three 19th-century public market buildings still standing in the city, it has the most distinctive architectural element of the Gothic Revival in the neighborhood. It was built in 1881 and for years it was a place where the residents went shopping, then in 1968 it was slightly damaged but restored by 1980. Subsequently, the building was shut down by CityMarket for renovations in 2003.

7th St and O St Northwest 1

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This is the building found in the interception of 7th and O St Northwest as one can witness the structure is made of red bricks and the roof has two tones of gray bricks. The building is located on a corner and it seems to be accessible by many doors that surround it, but actually there is a main entrance located in the gray building to the left. By standing here, it occurred to me that this building has not changed much through the years because it is one of the few brick buildings standing in that area, the other buildings are built with concrete and glass.

Reading Analysis 2

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In “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment” relates to how living environments and common places in different cities around the United States are knowingly structured to exclude members of the community that don’t share the same privileges. Schindler talks about how the architecture of places are designed to make more difficult or impossible for poor people to go places where it was easier to get to by whites. She mentions “that even the access to public beaches was affected because the bridges were designed to be so low that buses could not pass under” (Schindler 1). For many people, the physical appearance of things appears pretty, but for others, it looks unfair. Schindler examines the organization, design, and placement of the architecture used for a representational contribution to the exclusion and isolation of other members of the community by studying the impact that it has on residents, which is determined by the architectural regulation that allows the government to shape the community. What mainly supports the author’s article is the Lawrence Lessig’s regulatory theory, which emphasizes that architecture regulates or limits the behavior of the people, and when it refers to the “architecture” it does not stand with buildings and neighborhoods, but it is used in a more broader sense that includes public engineering, city developments, urban projects, and routings. In the article, it is mentioned that neighborhoods have gathered to prohibit the expansion of public transportation, so the poorer wouldn’t have an easy way to pass through their neighborhood, which by “their” refers to a more social economic stable person.

Office Hours

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During my time in office hours with professor Hoskins we got the opportunity to get to know each other more and talk about many of my doubts. We discussed the different software’s we are going to be using and how to stay on track with all the assignments. I finally understood the utility of Zotero and Hypothesis, which I am trying to use for all my classes now. Also, I got to understand the class’  big project and how the mapping out project will work, I am still undecided on what location to choose, but I am planning on going this Saturday afternoon. I look forward on visiting professor Hoskins office this semester to better understand everything.