Monday, November 30, 2009

Every college campus is a city of sorts in itself. As we looked at UNCG at the beginning of the semester, I looked at Greensboro College's campus to find out how they compared and what I could conclude from simply walking around on my own. I found that not having a tour guide left me with a few unanswered questions right then, but I turned to research to gain the knowledge on my own. This project was a challenge for me to show what I have learned, to go into an area we did not go into deep discussion about and figure out what that built environment had to tell me. This is what I heard as I walked along the brick walkways on the campus...
Pictured below I have the fronts, beats, centers, students, campus boundaries, and student centers. I will discuss these in my presentation on Thursday. I will go further in detail about the specifics of the populations and demographics of each school. I will talk about the physical buildings at Greensboro College and what they told me, along with what the lay out of the campus had to say. I will discuss the international students and programs along with the off campus things each academy has to offer.

The Greensboro Project

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Splendid Saturday- Coming Full Circle

This semester we, as a class, have walked all over the City of Greensboro. I have enjoyed getting to know the people in our class, our little trips, and all that I have learned about the way I observe my surroundings. I always considered myself a somewhat observant person, but this class has made me realize that there is a whole other level of observation I have been oblivious to most of my life. I noticed buildings and the could generally tell you the estimated income level of an area, but there are things I never even saw that would have told me in so much more detail the story of the environment. I was a very superficial and surface observer. I never thought of things past the value of the house, never getting around or taking the time to think about how that house got there and what kind of person lived there. I look forward to using the skills I have picked up in this class to understand my surroundings the rest of my life. I also look forward to sharing the techniques I have learned with others.
For my project I am thinking about literally bringing things full circle and coming back to UNCG. I want to look at the campus of UNCG after finishing the class and seeing it from my new perspective. With my new viewpoint of what the campus can tell me I want to compare the campus of Greensboro College. The main contrast will be the size of the student body and the campus itself. I am interested to see what information I find on my own!