Built Environment Anaylsis

Bowman, Jen. "Luxury Homes in Historic Druid Hills - Springdale Rd." ActiveRain. N.p., 23 July 2009. Web. 13 Feb. 2016.

Bowman, Jen. “Luxury Homes in Historic Druid Hills – Springdale Rd.” ActiveRain. N.p., 23 July 2009. Web. 13 Feb. 2016.

Givens, Darin. "Tuba Christmas at Underground Atlanta." ATL Urbanist. N.p., 8 Dec. 2012. Web. 2 Apr. 2016.

Givens, Darin. “Tuba Christmas at Underground Atlanta.” ATL Urbanist. N.p., 8 Dec. 2012. Web. 2 Apr. 2016.

Throughout my journey in this class, I got to explore and learn more about Atlanta as I visited and observed the interior and exterior environments I choose for my projects. The exterior environment I choose to observe is the Druid Hills neighborhood located in DeKalb County while my interior environment was Underground Atlanta that’s located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Although these two environments are different, hey do have some similarities. The similarities and differences I will discuss are how they impact the city if Atlanta economically, the community, and in the future.

The Druid Hills neighborhood is one of the oldest prehistoric communities in Atlanta. As I observed and walked through this community I noticed it offered a variety of artifacts such as the prehistoric Druid Hills that is located on Pounce de Leon. The traffic throughout this neighborhood is horrendous. However, the Underground Atlanta district is a historic landmark that has undergone various restorations and renovations and has horrendous traffic throughout due to visitors and travelers. Both of these environments are rich in history and have undergone went various changes throughout the years. These environments impact the communities of Atlanta due to the infrastructures and shopping and entertainment they offer within their area.

The Druid Hills community and the Underground Atlanta district offer a lot towards the Atlanta economy to impact it. Although, the Druid Hills community is portrayed as a wealthy and middle-upper class neighborhood the infrastructures this place has to offer play a vital role to the economy such as Emory University and Emory Hospital being located in the northeast side of the Druid Hills community. While the Underground Atlanta district hosts various events during the holidays that attracts visitors and locals. A big and well-known event that Underground Atlanta hosts every year is The Peach Drop, which is a Downtown Atlanta traditional New Year’s Eve event. These two environments help drive the economy of Atlanta by bringing in monetary value.

As the future nears, I believe the Druid Hills community will continue ti thrive and expand due to the tremendous number of artifacts that lies within this community. Also, due to classes of society that live throughout The Druid Hills community will continue to impact it and help it thrive as a great community in the future. While the Underground Atlanta district may not be able to thrive and remain as a historic landmark in the future due to the city of Atlanta officials considering removing Underground Atlanta due to the drop of business it has experienced over the years. Whether these two environments continue to thrive or not in the near future, I believe they still will have an impact because they are a part of Atlanta’s history, especially Underground Atlanta.

As you have read, The Druid Hills community and Underground Atlanta built environments are great places to visit to learn about the history of Atlanta and see various historic artifacts and renovated infrastructures that help these communities thrive as a whole. Despite, their differences these two environments will continue to impact the community of Atlanta, economy, and thrive in the near future.

Digital Built Environment

The digital site I choose to observe was gov.georgia.gov. It is Governor Nathen Deals and the Georgia government website. The layout of this website is the Georgia flag with the emblem in the left corner next to Governor Deal’s name. Upon entering this website, the first thing I noticed was how it provided informal information on the latest things going on in the state of Georgia and Governor Deal’s, The First Lady, and the duties that center around the government of the state of Georgia. There is a variety of information you can learn and find on this website. The drop down menu’s serve as a helpful tool to help you find the information you’re looking for. Everything is organized in a very plain yet concise way. However, the site is easy to navigate without any closed obstacles. One of the main tools that make this website helpful is the ability you have to translate the website into another language if you’re a non-English speaker. The colors that are present on this website give you the feeling as if you’re actually at the capital learning this information. I believe this website offers this feeling because it’s the government website where you can expand your knowledge on learning about your governor, the state government, and the day-to-day duties of the governor. This site is used as a tool to inform the citizens of the state of Georgia on the latest things that are happening and provide them with insightful information on the governor. Lastly, this site is advertised through the Georgia government and target its intended users through social media or people just go on the website themselves to learn about the government.

Digital Artifact #5


This drop down menu is labeled “Constituent Resources”. Here you can find links that’ll direct you to state and federal government agencies and offices, and frequently asked questions and information on the office of the governor. On the navigational panel on the left side you’ll see the following menus ceremonial documents, greeting letter request, FAQs, accessibility guide for visitors with disabilities, the capitol links, and contact us. The next drop down menu is labeled “Legislation”. Here you’ll find the following legislations dating back to 2011 up until now.

Digital Artifact #3


This drop down menu is labeled “Governor”. Here you have various options you can select from to learn about the governor. You can read his biography, see what the governor priorities are on issues, learn about the governor’s staff, visit the photo gallery, learn about the intern program, and schedule a request to either meet with the governor, schedule a photo, or request his participation in an event. Next, you can learn about the first lady from the drop down menu labeled “First Lady”. Here you’ll find her biography, initiatives, photo gallery, from the desk of the first lady, Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet, the governor’s mansion, and schedule a request. Also, on each of these individual’s page, there’s a stay connected link so you can stay informed on what they’re doing through social media.

Digital Artifact #1


This is the homepage of the Georgia government and Governor Nathan Deal website.  Here you’ll find all of the different drop down menus and links to important information regarding Governor Nathan Deal. Also, the homepage is set up to inform you of the latest news, get you to subscribe to Governor Deal’s newsletter, and stay connected via social media. I found it interesting that the homepage has a section to inform you of the latest news regarding Governor Deal and a secondary translate option when you click on accessibility at the bottom of the page, it’ll direct you to another website named georgia.gov where you can translate the website into other languages.

Annotated Bib. #10

"Campus Carry is Now Law, but Isn’t in Effect Until Next Year." SMU Daily Campus. SMU Daily Campus, 19 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

“Campus Carry is Now Law, but Isn’t in Effect Until Next Year.” SMU Daily Campus. SMU Daily Campus, 19 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

In this article “The Real Danger of Guns in Schools”, written by Sonja West, a law professor at the University of Georgia, she discusses how the new campus-carry bill is a significant threat to the state’s colleges and universities. In the opening of this article, West speaks on a mass shooting that happened as The University of Iowa in 1991, how this shooting affected the administrators, faculty, staff, and students and how they shared this horror and grief together. She now stands on the other side of the podium teaching law. She goes on to address her stance on the campus- carry bill which is as stated: “This time, however, it is in response to our state’s legislature’s push to bring concealed weapons onto our campus and into our classrooms and offices.” The Georgia “Campus Carry” legislation Bill went through both chambers of the state legislature and sat on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk waiting for his approval, which led to him he issuing a statement requesting a change to certain parts of the bill. The NRA urged the governor and the members to reach out to him in support of the bill while it was opposed universally by every university community.

“According to nationwide surveys, 94 percent of college faculty, 95 percent of college presidents, 9 in 10 college students oppose concealed weapons on campus.” As referenced in the article. Throughout the years campus-carry laws have gained significant political traction, this debate centers around whether guns make schools more or less safe. The real threat that West speaks of is the “evisceration of academic freedom.” West suggests for colleges and universities to be effective, instructors must be willing to discuss and teach controversial or unpopular ideas without fear of government retribution or censorship. Next, West goes on to give a brief overview of our troubling history here in the state of Georgia. She discusses how Governor Eugene Talmadge led a direct assault on the state’s institutions of higher education by declaring to fire any employees who stood for “racial equality or communism.” However, this resulted in Talmadge removing and replacing several Board of Regents employees until he had a board that would do his bidding. After one year, Talmadge’s political grab ended after several Georgia colleges and universities lost their accreditation, which led to Talmadge defeat in his run for re-election.

West concludes her article by shedding light on the bigger picture which is how guns will appear related to a school’s academic mission and that passing this law will discourage the teaching of sensitive issues and the curriculum altogether. By forcing guns onto college campuses, will only make it harder for schools to recruit and retain top students and professors. This campus-carry law would add higher costs for training, security, insurance, and counseling to address the already elevated rates among students of physical and sexual violence, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide. If the state doesn’t provide additional funding to cover these costs, this money will be taken out of the budgets for other educational purposes or collected through increased student tuition. Thus, public institutions of higher education are supposed to be places of intellectual curiosity where thought and expression are free, yet those who are duty it is to provide those freedoms advise that guns are a problem and us as citizens should listen to them. I found this article absorbing and informal because this does not only affect public colleges in the Atlanta area but throughout the state of Georgia.

West, Sonja. “Georgia’s Campus Carry Bill is Terrible.” Slate Magazine. The Slate Group, 22 Mar. 2016. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

Revised Annotated Bib. #6

Ervin, Christopher. "Students sitting in circle listening to teacher outside on campus of New Trier High School." Photograph. Teaching Portfolio. WordPress, June 1950. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

Ervin, Christopher. “Students sitting in circle listening to teacher outside on campus of New Trier High School.” Photograph. Teaching Portfolio. WordPress, June 1950. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

Center For Teaching. “Ask Professor Pedagogy: Holding Class Outside | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University.” Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University. N.p., 5 Apr. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. <Vanderbilt University>.

In this commentary that’s apart of the center for teaching department of Vanderbilt University, an anonymous  professor with the name “Window-Gazer” askes Professor P is there a way to have class outside without wasting a whole class period due to his/her students routinely asking. In response to Window-Gazer’s question Professor P gives ‘Window-Gazer” some things to think about such as rethinking of new ways to incorporate introducing ideas in meaningful ways. Professor P then goes on to give Window-Gazer a few things to consider as to why hosting class outside can be beneficial. The following considerations are: being outdoors can put course concepts in a new context, use nature to discuss “big ideas” in your course, and use nature to emphasize course readings or concepts. However, the main key to having a successful outdoor classroom session is to not “the outdoors” be the distraction, but to redefine your notions of a classroom. I found this commentary interesting because it gives you reasons as to why having class outside can be effective as Scholl and Gowri discusses throughout “Recognizing Campus L:andscapes as Learning Spaces”.

Revised Annotated Bib. #5

Celeste, Eric. "Solving Downtown's Homeless Problem Begins with Taking the Red Pill | Cover Story." Creative Loafing Atlanta. Creative Loafing Atlanta, 3 Nov. 2011. Web. Apr. 2016.

Celeste, Eric. “Solving Downtown’s Homeless Problem Begins with Taking the Red Pill | Cover Story.” Creative Loafing Atlanta. Creative Loafing Atlanta, 3 Nov. 2011. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

Celeste, Eric. “Solving Downtown’s Homeless Problem Begins with Taking the Red Pill | Cover Story.” Creative Loafing Atlanta. Creative Loafing Atlanta, 3 Nov. 2011. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

In this article written by Eric Celeste, he discusses how homelessness is a major problem in downtown Atlanta and that it needs to be solved. Celeste explains how he viewed Atlanta when he first stayed in downtown for a week and how no matter where you went downtown you’ll see homeless people near hotel entrances, in the streets, or on street corners camped out. The reason why he believes the homeless population is so big downtown is due to the shelter and route up Peachtree to Pine where you see various types of homeless people: aggressive, cracked up, and angry. This is what he believes is the issue, the dichotomy of homeless people located in downtown. He then goes on to talk about how he and a friend visited different homeless organizations to observe them passing out food and blankets. According to A.J. Robinson, the homeless issue is a blessing and a curse due to downtown’s response of showing they care and the overabundance of homelessness downtown due to no one else doing it regularly. Also, the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) want the problem of homelessness to go away. However, this issue will not be solved until Peachtree-Pine shelter is gone.