Reading Analysis 2

Schindler pt 2

In Sarah Schindler’s article ” Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, Schindler argues that built environments are a catalyst for discrimination and segregation. Schindler spends a lot of time talking about how unique of a medium of Architecture is and how thats detrimental to the people effected by segregation. Architecture is unique in the sense that its negative effects can’t be regulated by laws, however Schindler doesn’t believe this is right. Even though she believes that there should be some sort of regulation on the discrimination caused by built environments, she knows its a slippery slope.  One of the interesting parts of this essay was her outlook on public transportation. Schindler feels that public transportation is a leading cause in the segregation. The example that he gives is how public transportation lacks acres to public parks. Schindler also shows how upper class white people in northern Atlanta are agains the expansion of the public transportation system. All these examples in regards to public transportation are perfect at explaining the gentrification that is happening all over the country through built enviorments that may have had the original intention to make things easier to the lower class. Public transportation is a perfect example of this. Normally the goal of public transportation is to allow access to different parts of the city with ease for the people who don’t have means of transportation on their own. Its almost like the upper middle class is using a tool meant to make things easier for everyone, agains the lower class to benefit them selfs and to keep them segregated from the rest. This text parallels that of our main text by Fleming in respects to the idea that built environments influence the way society acts both in ways that we can control and in ways that we can’t.

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