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Interior Built Environment Description.

Entrance of Coffee Shop

Entrance of Coffee Shop

My interior built environment location was Dancing Goats Coffee Bar located at 419 W Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur, GA 30030. The coffee shop’s external illusion of limited space is shattered when stepping into the coffee shop and experiencing the spacious layout. The interior design provides an intimate feel through the selection of warm colored flooring, fixtures and walls. The high ceiling also allow noise to be kept to a minimum, while natural lighting illuminates the interior of the building. Dancing goats also places their merchandise in wooden fixtures that compartmentalize their product ranging from t-shirt to tumbler cups. All of the merchandise contained the same Dancing Goats’ logo, but displayed in various methods depending on the actual item its self. Their menu consists of a select number of items; consequently, the menu contains less than twenty items total. Although, Dancing Goats may lack variety, this factor is compensated through their economical pricing. All items on the Dancing Goats menu is less than five dollars, which delivers an aesthetic high priced experience at an economical rate. During my time at the coffee shop I purchased a latte’. The coffee brew of the latte’ itself was produced by the small business owned coffee brewery, Batdorf and Bronson. Upon tasting the latte’ I experience a strong and robust taste after each sip. To accompany the robust sip was the heavy cream that smooth out the edges of bitterness that might have existed within the latte’. My experience of the coffee shop was pleasant and a new perspective into coffee shops outside of the mundane chain coffee establishments such as Starbucks. I plan to make Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Decatur a regular visiting place, where I can indulge in a great atmosphere and even better coffee.

Sipping Latte'

Sipping Latte’


Sipping in Progress.

Finished Product

Finished Product






Annotated Bibliographies 4

1. In Aydin Turkey at the university of Adnan Menderes researches conducted a study on the affects of green spaces and its effects the mental health of high school students. The experimenters create a restorative environment which is a space that “promotes, and not merely permits, restoration.” (Hartig 2004). The experimenters prepared the campus green space with the ideal nature elements such as a bushes, shrubs, and other natural features. A total of 265 students were introduced to the green space. The results rendered that when many of students were introduced the newly built green space, they felt this new place a physical and mental retreat when doing work or studying. The study and implementation of this green space at a primary educational level displays how stress alleviations are viable at all stages of life. This green space study conducted on Turkish high school applies to the built environment through further magnifying the growing need to balance natural learning spaces in an urban environment centered around learning.
“How Is High School Greenness Related to Students’ Restoration and Health? – 1-s2.0-S1618866716000078-Main.pdf.” Accessed February 24, 2016.

Midterm Reflection

Since beginning this hybrid class, the academic process of writing has  challenged myself to step outside of the conformity of traditional independent work and research. During the final years of my high school career, the research in my english classes were limited and the process in which subjects we were able to research were somewhat restricted. This style in which I was taught and perceived english research, consisted of a cookie-cutter process that did not  allow for much creativity or critical thinking research, trapped in a spoon-feed format. Once I entered this class my previous perception of english writing and research was shattered. Our major assignments surrounding the built environment provides me with critical thinking prospective that directly relates to the urban environment I currently live in here at Georgia State. Although the act of research of is similar to my preset high school research   assignments, the approach to research assignments are un-parallel.

Now after completing the first rounds of major assignments, I have acquire the insight needed to truly perform the assignments. I am able to take this information and make my primary research, such as the built environment and my secondary research like the annotated bibliography, to a new level which will enhance the quality of my work. Through enhancing my work I am able to capture my audience which consists of my classmates and the instructor. Since I am now starting to understand my target I can frame my post and assignments towards being an exclusive look into my experience of the built environment  here in Atlanta. The blog post  surrounding the built environment of Atlanta allow the traditional brick and motor concept of research to be stripped away, and a new technologically savvy format to prosper.

Since starting this hybrid class I have become more in-touch with the strengths and weaknesses. All throughout my writing academic I’ve always has strong concepts and the ability to process the concepts and translate them into my writing. Although my concepts are strong, many times my weakness in conventions (grammar) can diminish my overall concept to my writing. So as of now truly try and take my time to proof my work, while also giving more time to conventions during the writing process. My major weakness in this class is the extra points assignments, while trying to balance the major assignment for this class and other four classes result in me missing the dead lines for the extra points assignments. I have tried to make up for the points by doing extra for the major assignments. But with more time management and care planning, i can begin to tackle the assignment to and receive the grade i would like- A.






“Field Notes” Oakhurst Community Garden

Brion Field Notes Video

  1. While walking around the Oakhurst Community,  I observed a berry tree and was immediately interested in the tree. The tree’s leaves were still full with vivid green leaves and bright red berry stood out against the mass green. After inspecting the tree, I leaned forward to receive a closer look. I was meet by a wax like feel to the leaves of the tree and a firm feeling about the bright red berries that the tree produced.


2. As I continued my journey throughout the garden, these small quaint statues happened to be placed around the entire garden. The unique aspect about the sculptures is that they all contained different meaning and purposes for the garden. In this photo the statue that displayed contains a mix of naturalistic and imaginary characteristics.  By the garden containing pieces of artwork such as this one, a greater diversity within the garden is achieved.

Inspirational Poles

Inspirational Poles

3. In addition to the sculptures being scattered throughout Oakhurst community garden, these inspirational poles also popped up throughout the entire duration of my garden adventure. All of the quotes printed on the poles were structured in simple sentences, but the verbiage contained strong wording that evoke a pure sense of inspiration to all individuals who encountered them

Children's Play Area

Children’s Play Area

4. While the parents sow the soil and plant seeds, the children can wait for the harvest in garden’s children play area. The Oakhurst community carved out an area of the garden specially dedicated a children’s jungle gym designed with earth tones and colors. The play area caters to physical aspect of the garden through the jungle gym but also designates attention to the creative elements by allocating a section in the play area for a book box. The book box allows children to grab a book and plot down on a bench under a shaded tree; moreover, so their minds can sow the seed of knowledge through reading and reap the benefits.

Goodbye Garden: Final Field Notes

Goodbye Garden:
Final Field Notes

5.  After completing the entire path through the garden, I investigated the exit that let out into the actual Oakhurst community. The sign reinforced that the garden is simply one entity in within the all encompassing Oakhurst community. Also, under the sign was a bench and this bench carried a symbolic meaning. My personal experienced while sitting on the bench enlightened me to the idea that although community has various places to visit, one should partake in a moment to enjoy sitting and watching the community that they are apart of.

Summary of “Tapestry Of Space: Domestic Architecture And Underground Communities In Margaret Morton’s Photography Of A Forgotten New York.” 

Margret Morton demonstrates the use of space in the urban city of New York by depicting the homeless utilizing the abandoned tunnel system. Nersessova’s article dives into the photos shot by Morton analyzing the most fundamental concept of having a home and self identification that comes with it.

In society’s urban metropolises, many view the homeless through the scope of lacking a home simply because their dwellings do not fit the traditional architecture of a home. The domestic architecture of the homeless is comprised of scrap materials to build cohesive structures. After the building of this dwelling, the human connection with space is unified allowing a sense of pride and personal touch to be experienced. Although, the homeless earn a sense of identity through their homes. Due to the fragile nature of their circumstances they are constantly faced the with ever-daunting reality of their homes being destroyed. Morton’s first peak into this reality was through the profound story of Pepe –A watchman within community of Bushville. The entire duration of Pepe’s story Morton monitors the progression of his house transforming from a pile of scraps to him fixing his structure to have better insulation in the winter, installing a kitchen and hoping to eventually install a bathroom. Pepe’s shanty structure was finally meeting the traditional criteria of a home. Unfortunately, Pepe’s place fell victim to the the crushing bulldozers of society only viewing him as homeless and leaving him again with only a pile of scraps. Morton demonstrated through Pepe that the homeless are only viewed as an economic problem, which holds no human connection of space when surrounding the homeless in the eyes of society.

The domestic space of today is formed around the capitalistic view of building urban spaces that appeal to consumer as tourist around the city. Cities like New York only advertise the success through the environment and also displaying the despair of the homeless. Nersessova examines the idea that cities show wealth through its building space and people placement of stability within their homes.  Although, many do not own their own homes or the land they’re built upon similar to the homeless. The separation of the two simply exist upon the idea that the individual with the “stable” home is happier. This happiness is measured through the amount of wealth acquired within the capitalistic environment. Happiness on this measurement scale continues to increase the gap between the wealthy and middle class and close the gap between the middle class and impoverished.

Morton’s pictures of the homeless developing tunnels as a place of refuge from the violence or simply as a place to call their own despite the view of society. The homeless are able able to carve out their own placement in the concrete jungle of Urban cities. Nersessova’s article formed a better understanding about the homes and how we identify with them in an urban setting. This transformation in thought brought forth the thinking that once urban cities appeal to creating spaces for all despite economic status and traditional standards, a better living space for all who live in urban environments will become achieved.


NERSESSOVA, IRINA. “Tapestry Of Space: Domestic Architecture And Underground Communities In Margaret Morton’s Photography Of A Forgotten New York.” Disclosure 23 (2014): 26. Advanced Placement Source. Web. 24 Jan. 2016.




Syllabus Quiz

What are the major projects?

How will your final grade be calculated?

  • you will earn points for just about everything you do in this course–attending class, completing in-class work, studying, major projects, contributing material to our collaborative archive about the built environment in Atlanta, etc.

What is the “submission form” and how do you use it?

  • the form is to submit all of your work, and to sign up for in-person and online study groups and in-person group conferences.
  • To submit something for credit, whether it’s a major assignment or an in-class minute paper, you will fill out this form with your name, your GSU email address, your instructor’s name, and the URL (link) to whatever you’re submitting. Your instructor will then evaluate your submission and return feedback and points to you.

Where on the course website can you find an overview of what’s due and the readings for each unit?

  • What is the general plan for the course, and when are things due?

What is the best way to see an overview of what’s due each week?

  • Weekly overview calendar

What is the attendance policy?

  • You earn points for coming to class and lose points for unexcused absences. Students in the M/W F2F section earn 20 points for coming to class, and lose 20 points for each absence. Students in the hybrid sections earn 40 points for coming to class, and lose 40 points for each absence. Arriving to class late will result in a deduction of 10-20 points (20-40 points for hybrid sections).

What are my office hours, and how do you make an appointment to see me outside of class?

    • Office: 25 Park Place #2434
    • Office Hours: M/W 9-11 am, and by appointment; I am able to meet during office hours or by appointment via Skype or Google Hangout if that works better than an in-person conference
    • Contact: rwharton3{at}gsu{the dot goes here}edu

How do you earn participation credit? Provide a link to the instructions/guidelines for particiption.

  • We will assign points to your workreflecting the level of your participation both inside and outside of class. We will also subtract points for failing to participate (e.g., missing class) so as to fairly reflect your level of engagement with the course concepts. Your goal is to accrue as many points as possible during the semester.
  • Participation

How many points can you earn by participating in or organizing a study group session?


How can you be assured of earning an “A” in this course?

  • Students who complete all four of the major projects and earn at least 2,500 points will automatically receive a grade of “A.”

What are the minimum requirements for earning a passing grade of “C”?

  • you will earn at least 1,475 points and pass the course with at least a grade of “C.”

What do you do if you’re not sure how to document your participation in order to earn points?

  • If you ever have questions about what kind of evidence you need to provide to document your participation and how to submit it, stop by during office hours or ask the question before or after class. You’ll earn points for the office hours visit, asking the question, and for finding a way to make the information available to the rest of your classmates.


MLK Day!


Today on MLK in commemoration of his legacy,  I visited the national site here in downtown Atlanta. The historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Kng preached, preserved the church’s main sanctuary. While sitting in the pew starring at the pulpit where King gave so many inspirational messages that transformed lives, I truly felt the appreciation for his sacrifice. This MLk day motivated me reflect upon what type of legacy I want to leave behind through my actions, character, and works with various people.


Intro to Brion!

Hello all,

My name is Brion Grady (Yes, like the hospital). I am a psychology major here at Georgia State. I love living in the city of Atlanta and also being able to explore all the city has to offer on weekend.

Fun Facts:

1. I have broken both my arms twice.

2. My middle name is a Computer company and my last name is a hopsital

So now you a little about me, Brion Dell Grady