Annotated Bibliography 1&2

Annotated Bibliography 1:

Carter, Elliot. “How it was Built- Metro”. Architect of the Capital: Hidden History in Washington D.C, July 2016, http://architectofthecapital.org/posts/2016/6/22/metro-under-construction.

  1. The author, Carter shares in his blog post the basics about how the metro was built under Washington DC. He talked a bit about why the design was chosen for the metro- it’s waffled ceiling were constructed to make the place seem much more open than the other metros that had been built around the same time. His discussion is important because it discusses the affects the construction of the metro had on the city. The builders had to knock down certain buildings in order to dig for the construction of the metro. Lastly, Carter briefly discusses the architectural issues surrounding the metro. This article was not a critique of the metro, it was more of an appraisal and an advocate for the metro stations after all the hard work and design that went into its construction.
  2. History: This article may applicable to my project because of the affects the metro has on the area, whether that is the construction of the metro or it is the people that it brings with it. The metro is able to bring people into the area, where there are many restaurants, the college (GW), and where many people live in accessible rowhouses. When I went to visit my sight, at the George Washington University Hospital, I noticed as I exited the Foggy Bottom Metro escalator, the hospital was right there next to the metro. I thought of the significance of its relation to the hospital.

From the blog post: two photos of the construction

Annotated Bibliography 2:

Construction Underway On The New George Washington University Hospital. GW News Center, 5 April, 2000, https://www2.gwu.edu/~media/pressreleases/04-05-00-Hospital.cfm.

  1. The author, unknown, discusses the new additions to the hospitals as it is updated. This article has an update on the construction of the new hospital building which they said was to be completed by 2002 which is important because it highlights the new advances of the hospital and how it improves the neighborhood. The author mentions that this will be the first new hospital in 20 years and they give some insight into the numbers of those that will be working there and other accommodations of the hospital building (beds, professions, physicians). The author’s purpose of the update is important because it reassures citizens of city improvements through the public disturbances of the construction. The author cites, “‘for every tree that is cut down to permit construction, the University will compensate by planting two trees somewhere in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.’” At the time, in 2002 when the hospital was to be finished, it was to be “the city’s most modern and technologically advanced hospital,” said Alan Miller, Universal Health Services, Inc., chairman and chief executive officer” (2000).

“… planting two more trees”

  1. Background: This article is applicable to my project as it examines the growth of the hospital and the promise of the hospital reimbursing the surrounding neighborhood with trees and technological. Also highlighted after much research, is the strained relationship that GW has with community as it is partially residential, so the construction is noted for present day actions of the hospital as well as the past.

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