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Agnes Scott College Website: Digital Built Environment Description

When logging onto the Agnes Scott College website, the first thing I notice is the photo header at the top of the home page. There is a total of six different pictures that alternate like a slide show. Each photo shows something different about Agnes Scott. The first photo is a picture of the Dalton Art Gallery and its showing|thinking exhibition. The second picture is about the 45th Annual Writing Festival. The third picture is about the story behind SUMMIT. The fourth picture is about the study abroad programs. The fifth picture is about Xinyao Li, a current student that was accepted in to the Math in Moscow program at the Independent University of Moscow.  The last picture is Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott, speaking on the importance of women’s education. Each picture has a button you can click on that links to a separate page with more information on each topic.

At the top of the home page, there is a menu with the tabs labeled “About”, “Academics”, “Admissions”, “Student Life”, “Athletics”, “Alumnae”, and “Giving”. When you click on the “Academics” tab, it takes you to the academics page. On the left side of the page there is a sidebar with a list of options that each link to separate pages. They provide information that students need about majors and minors, faculty, important dates, courses provided, support services, registration, and internships. On the right side, there is a list of the majors and minors Agnes Scott provides. Each item on the list links to a separate page, providing more information. Also, the title of the list, “Majors and Minors“, links to another page with the same list. As you scroll down the academics page there is information about academic resources, with subtitles linking to separate pages. There is also a “faculty excellence” section, along with “study abroad” and “internships” towards the bottom half of the page. The “study abroad” and “internships” sections have links to separate pages with more information. Below the main menu, there is a second menu above the “Academics” title. It has tabs labeled “Current Students”, “Alumnae”, “Prospective Students”, “Accepted Students”, “Parents & Families”, and “Faculty & Staff”. Each tab has a drop down menu with links to even more information specific to each category of people.

Screenshot of the Academics page, from: agnesscott.edu

Screenshot of the Academics page, from: agnesscott.edu

I notice that this page has the same color scheme as the home page. In fact, all of the other pages have to same color scheme. It is a combination of a somewhat dark purple and a grey, with white, purple, and grey words. The purple gives the site a feminine feel, which makes sense,because Agnes Scott is an all female college. The grey gives it a serious tone and, in my opinion, makes it look professional.

The main menu bar at the top of the page has a tab labeled “Student Life”. This takes you to the student life page. On this page there is information about student traditions, campus housing, dining, student organizations, community service and other resources provided for students. When you scroll down the page, there are three brief paragraphs labeled “community engagement“, “student support services“, and “leadership opportunities“, each linking to their own separate pages with more information on the topic. The second menu, as I mentioned earlier, remains right above the title of the page.

The student life page, from: agnesscott.edu

The student life page, from: agnesscott.edu

Going back to the menu on the left side of the student life page, there is an option labeled “housing”. When you click on this link, it takes you to the residence life page. On the left side of this page there is a list of options linking to separate pages. On this list there are two categories of housing, which is “first year students” and “upper class students”. According to the list, there are two residence halls for first year students and six for upperclassmen. Each residence hall on the list links to its own separate page with information about it. On the same sidebar, beneath the residence halls , there is a link to information about “living-learning communities” on campus. Under this, there is a list of links to more resources for students. At the bottom of the sidebar there is a link to FAQs and ways to connect with Agnes Scott College on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. In the upper middle of the page there is a brief overview of the housing on campus. Above this, there is a photo of some of the dorm buildings. On top of the photo, there is a text box with the location of the Residence Life Office, hours of operation, and its phone number. On this page, the second menu bar that I mentioned earlier is not visible.

This is the residence life page, from: agnesscott.edu

This is the residence life page, from: agnesscott.edu

At the top of the home page on the main menu bar, there is a tab labeled “Admissions”. When you hover the mouse over this tab, there is a drop-down menu with a list of links. When you click on the link labeled “virtual tour”, it takes you to a page with another menu of options and locations to see on campus.  In the lower right area of the menu there is an option labeled “virtual map”. This takes you to a virtual map of the entire Agnes Scott College campus. On the map, there are several purple dots, pinpointing various parts of the campus. When you click on a purple dot on the map, it causes a pop-up of a brief description of each location on the map and photo. Also in the upper right area of the map, there is a tab labeled “places”. When you click on the tab, a list of all of the place on the map. Clicking on each place on the list also brings up a brief description of that place along with a picture.

Virtual map of the Agnes Scot's campus, from: agnesscott.edu

Virtual map of the Agnes Scot’s campus, from: agnesscott.edu

At the very bottom of every main page from the main menu bar, there are links to contact information. There are also links to information labeled “employment“, “maps & directions“, “event rentals“, “emergency information“,”accreditation & authorization“, “nondiscrimination“, and “privacy policy“. Underneath these links is copyright information, the address to the school and the phone number. Overall, in my opinion this site is very informative and useful to anyone that wants to know all about Agnes Scott College. I do not think there is any missing information!

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Annotated Bibliography 10: Famous Places in Atlanta

From downtownatlanta.com

Gailliard, Ticara. “Famous Places in Atlanta, GA.” Traveltips.usatoday.com. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

In this article, “Famous Places in Atlanta, GA”, Ticara Gailliard discusses some of the main attractions in Atlanta. She names some of the most famous places in Atlanta, such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr, National Historic Site. She also provides a brief summary of each place and what it offers. Below the article, there are links to buy tickets, get coupons, and see special offers for the sites she named in the article. The intended audience for this is tourists and it was written with the purpose of informing them about the different places they could go to when they visit the city of Atlanta. Based on the places being advertised in the article, the intended audience could be families. This article would be useful to someone doing research on how the built environment of Atlanta is advertised and what parts are shown to outsiders in different states. It would also be useful to someone looking for activities to do while visiting Atlanta. Also, someone could compare this article to the previous article called  “Why Atlanta Is The Big American City You’ve Been Missing Out On” and see how they are different and alike in the representation of Atlanta, based on the style of the article and the places being advertised in each article.

Annotated Bibliography 9: “The Big American City”

atlanta traffic

Photo by Barry Williams via Getty Images

Ledbetter, Carly. “Why Atlanta Is The Big American City You’ve Been Missing Out On.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 5 Apr. 2014. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

In her article, “Why Atlanta Is The Big American City You’ve Been Missing Out On“, Carly Ledbetter, from Huffington Post, argues that Atlanta is “one of the most amazing cities in America”. She starts off by addressing some misconceptions that people may have when they think of this city and then she quickly dismisses them. Then rest of the article is her list of twenty things about Atlanta that make it an “amazing city”. These include things like the tourist attractions, popular restaurants, art, music, the sports team, and historical landmarks. She also provides a graphic of some sort for each reason on the list, whether it is a picture or a GIF. The intended audience for this article could be someone that has never been to Atlanta, tourists, and potential residents of Atlanta. Based on most of the reasons she provided, the intended audience could also be for people in the 15-25 age group. Her purpose is to inform, but also persuade someone that has never been Atlanta to come. This would be a helpful resource for someone that is doing research on how the city of Atlanta is portrayed and advertised in a digital built environment and what biases there are towards the city.

Annotated Bibliography 8 : “Stars Flock to Atlanta”

Panoramic from carrollmorgan.com

Severson, Kim. “Stars Flock to Atlanta, Reshaping a Center of Black Culture.” Nytimes.com. The New York Times Company, 25 Nov. 2011. Web. 27 Mar. 2016.


In her article “Stars Flock to Atlanta, Reshaping a Center of Black Culture”, Kim Severson, from The New York Times, claims that Atlanta “is emerging as an epicenter of the black glitterati”. To support her claim she begins with talking about the Soul Train Awards being hosted in the Fox Theater and how “a few years ago, the city probably would not have been able to pull off such a show”. She provides statements from Stephen Hill, an executive vice President for BET where he gives his opinion of Atlanta. He says that ” it’s so ripe with African American flavor and talent”. He also says “Atlanta is home to our core audience” and “Atlanta is our New York, our LA”.

Then Severson gives examples of successful black people in the industry who have homes or business in Atlanta such ass, Tyler Perry, Sean Combs, Ce L Green, Ludacris, and Gladys Knight.

She explains the Entertainment Industry Investment Act passed in 2008, “which gives qualified productions a 20 percent tax break” and “producers who embed the Georgia promotional logo in the titles or credits can take another 10 percent off the tax bill”.

Next, she discusses the “decade of migration of black [stars] from the North”. Some of the reasons behind this is cheaper living and lower production costs. Severson provides a statement from Warrington Hudlin, president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation in New York, where he claims that” Atlanta is becoming the black Hollywood” and that “because many black filmmakers are working on tighter budgets than white filmmakers, they need to save money and Georgia helps them do that”. Another benefit of them living in Atlanta is less paparazzi.

The intended audience for this article is people in the film industry. The purpose of her article is to convince them to consider Atlanta as a place to conduct their businesses and do movies in this city .It is also to inform them of some of the pros of living in Atlanta as a person in the film, television and entertainment industry.

This would be a helpful source for someone doing research on how the built environment of Atlanta influences certain races to live there based on the types of careers that they have and how much they are willing to spend to live here.

Annotated Bibliography 7: “Atlanta is the new Hollywood”

From http://endcrawl.com (Click to learn more about the tax incentive)

Moore, Christine. ““Atlanta Is the New Hollywood”: Influx of Film and TV Production Boosts Economy, Attracts Actors.” ArtsATL.com. N.p., 04 June 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2016.

In her article, “Atlanta is the new Hollywood : Influx of film and TV production boosts economy, attracts actors”, Christine Moore, claims that Atlanta’s film industry is growing and becoming the new Hollywood.

She starts by giving a little bit of background about the careers of, Scott Poythress and Claire Bronson, two actors that are from the Atlanta area. She states that back in 2007, they moved from Decatur to Los Angles “in pursuit of more auditions, better roles, and bigger opportunities”. Two years later they moved back to the “metro Atlanta” area, and Moore tells why. She discusses how Atlanta became more inviting to people in the film and media production industry, due to the “well-publicized tax credits that Georgia started offering in 2008”. Then she explains how the tax credit works. When “movie, television, and digital entertainment companies” work and hire within the state of Georgia, they “can receive up to 30 percent in tax breaks “. She continues her article by discussing some of the “new local studios slated for construction” and “new major production facilities” in Atlanta. They include, “a 400,000-square-foot complex in Gwinnett County with 12 sound stages, to be built by Jacoby Development, and a 288-acre development in Fayette County by Pinewood Shepperton, the British studio that’s home to the James Bond franchise”.

Then she goes into talking about how the economy has benefited from the new facilities. According to the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, “Georgia-based productions generated $3.1 billion for the state economy in fiscal 2012, up 29 percent from the year before”. She also talks about how Atlanta-based actors are benefited, because they do not have to leave town for work.

The intended audience for this article could be actors, film production companies, aspiring actors, film students, and anyone else in the film industry. This article will be helpful to someone doing research on the how the built environment of Atlanta affects the entertainment industry or how it benefits the economy. It could be useful to a film student in Atlanta with concerns about finding work after college or an aspiring actor in Atlanta who is trying to decide if they should relocate or stay in Atlanta.

The Rialto Center for the Arts

The Rialto Center for the Arts, located at 80 Forsyth St NW in Atlanta, and operated by Georgia State University, was first opened in 1916 and was originally a movie theater. In 1962, the building was torn down and rebuilt, staying open until 1989, when it was closed due to the economy. In 1994, the Rialto went under construction as was reopened in 1996 and is now run by Georgia State University.

When I first walked into the lobby, the first thing that I noticed was the carpet (see below). It looked burgundy or red with curved lines that looked gold or yellow.

The carpet in the lobby

Based on the carpet, I assumed the rest of the lobby would be pretty elegant and nice looking.

I walked further into the lobby, towards the wall straight ahead of me sat in one of the chairs, observing the lobby. The main thing that heard was music playing. It sounded like jazz and it seemed like it was not near where I was. By looking around, I found out it was coming from a speaker on the other side of the lobby.

There was a lot of open space in the lobby on both sides. Most of the lighting was natural light from the windows. I did not see many people, maybe two. I figured it was not very busy around the time that I was there, which was 12 pm. I assumed the open space would be convenient for large crowds on the nights that there are shows.


The left side of the lobby. This picture was taken from in front of the history display area.

When I looked at the wall behind me I saw a collection of artwork called “The Many Faces of Messiah Jones” by Michael Roman. It was drawings in black and white. I assumed the black and white colors scheme was a theme throughout the collection. As I walked around the lobby, I noticed more drawings from the collections. There were even a few of them upstairs near the doors of the theater. These are some of the ones I saw on the first floor of the lobby:


Here are the drawings from the second floor:


Another thing that I saw on the first floor of the lobby was an area that looked like a history display for the Rialto. It was not visible when I first walked into the lobby. It was in the back of the lobby, hidden by the stairs leading up to the second floor. In this area, there were posters, pictures , and some artifacts. There were also a few chairs and a small table. I assumed it was for soemone to sit and look around at the walls of the area. One word that I kept seeing when I was looking at the display, was “Landmark”. It made me think that the atmosphere of the Rialto was supposed to kind of historical. The fact that I kept seeing this word made me feel like it was important. I also noticed that all of the people in the posters and pictures looked different. They seemed to be from different backgrounds and cultures. It very diverse, with not only race, but also gender. I thought that the display was interesting but it seemed like it was hidden because it was not visible to me when I first walked in.


Near the front of the lobby on the right side, there was a curved wall, made out of wood, with glass panels on it. On the panels are the names of the Rialto Patrons. There were several names on the wall panels. Some of the names that were on a panel alone and some were shared with other names. I assumed that the names with their own panels donated the most to the Rialto. The wall was near the front of the lobby and visible as soon as I walked in. I assumed that the wall was important to the owners of the Rialto center and that they wanted to show appreciation to the patrons.


Rialto Patrons wall

Woodruff Park Fountain

This sound comes from the fountain, behind the “Robert W. Woodruff Park” sign. It was windy at the time this was recorded, so the sound of the wind is in the recording too.

Woodruff Park: Built Environment Description

Woodruff Park, named after Robert W. Woodruff and located in the center of Downtown Atlanta, opened in 1973. It is a very well known place, used to host various events and everyday activities. In the park there is a playground, two fountains, an area to play chess and a pavilion. The interesting thing about the playground is that it is formed by the letters “ATL”, which looks pretty cool. It has a wooden look, various shades of brown, with a splash of color on the back and it fits well with the scenery around the park. Playground provides a safe place for kids to play. To ensure their safety, there is a sign near the playground that has rules for them to follow.

The best thing about Woodruff Park is the scenery. What I believe contributes mostly to this is the two beautiful fountains. If you ever want to just sit back and enjoy the outdoors, the fountain is a good place to be. It is also great for taking photos, especially for tourists. There are tables and chairs nearby that allow people to sit and relax in the park. You can just close your eyes and listen to the sound of the water in the fountain or use the park as a calm and open place to get your work done, instead of staying inside.



Another feature of the park is the pavilion, where you will see people playing chess. When I was there observing the park, I noticed that area was the most crowded. It was full people and it was very loud and lively. After noticing this I realized that different areas of the park attract different types of people. Woodruff Park is a place for pretty much anyone of any age because it has many aspects that appeal to all types of people’s needs. I saw this for myself when I went there. In one area there was a family sitting together near the fountain and a kid at the playground. In another area, there was a guy jogging past the park and a guy doing what looked like a mix of aerobics and martial arts. People are also able to bring their pets to the park, as long as it is on a leash and they clean up after their pets. There was a sign in the park with this rule on it. Near the pavilion, there was a large group of older men talking and laughing.There are also homeless people in the park that hang out in that area. The pavilion seems to be  the area that is crowded most of the time.

Overall, Woodruff Park is place for everyone and is a relaxing space. As long as the rules of the park are followed, everyone can enjoy themselves. With that being said,there is also a sign with the park rules and regulations. I have noticed that signs with rules on them is common artifact in the park.

While I was in the park, I decided to sit at one of the tables near the fountain. I felt really relaxed and peaceful. I sat there for about thirty minutes, observing that area, before I got up to walk around, and it felt like I was only there for five minutes. I was so relaxed that I lost track of time.I think I will go back to the park again another day.


All photos taken by: Destiny Dickens

Woodruff Park Observations/Notes (for B.E.D.)


These are the notes I took when I went to observe Woodruff Park. There are also thoughts and comments that I had based on the things that I saw or experienced while I was there.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:36 pm

Observations/Notes: Thoughts/Comments:
A man is jogging past the water fountain that curves along a wall (across from Starbucks) Maybe that’s his normal route he uses for jogging daily of weekly
Little boy playing at the playground by himself He looks about 5 or 6; not a lot of kids his age come to the park (he could be an only child or have older siblings)
A group of men near the gazebo thing beside the construction site It’s a very large group; most of them look homeless (maybe all of them are)
There are people walking through/past the park with backpacks They might be students at GSU; Some of them might have a class in Aderhold
A guy with a dog on the leash Maybe he brings his dog here all the time
A man, woman, and little girl The little girls looks around 3 or 4
There’s a security camera above the curved fountain that is across from Starbucks To keep watch over the area
I just heard a man shout “Aye girl!” I thing he was talking to me but I’m not going to find out
Lots of trees To provide shade
The playground is shaped like the letters “ATL” It looks really cool

Time: 3:50 – 4:17 pm

Observations/Notes: Thoughts/Comments:
I smell coffee Probably because I’m the one drinking it
Near the gazebo thing men are shouting I don’t know what they are saying. It sounds/looks like two of them are arguing (don’t know what about). It would make a great video but I don’t want to anger them further by recording them (probably not the best time to ask permission)
The grassy area of the park doesn’t have many people Probably because it’s a Friday and many people don’t have class or because it’s getting chilly again and the sun is going away . It’s usually a lot of GSU students walking through the park to get to Aderhold
I keep seeing this same man everywhere I go in the park. When I turn around he is there behind me from a distance. Hope it’s not the same man that yelled “aye girl!” at me. Hope he’s not following me
Security guard nearby At least the park is somewhat safe; probably depends on the time of the day
A woman pacing back and forth talking on the phone  —
A person bundled up in several layers of blankets Not sure if they’re a woman or man; their face is covered; maybe they are homeless
A man is doing a handstand on what looks like a pull-up bar (he’s using it as a pull-up bar) Maybe this is what he normally does on Fridays or every day; it looks
Mostly older men in the area They look middle-aged or older; appear to be homeless
The park is not a busy as usual Not a lot of people here; it’s not usually very full around this time on Fridays and the weekend; or it could just be today
I hear the water falling at the fountain It’s a nice, relaxing sound
There is another fountain closer to the main part of the park It’s a good spot to take a picture; both fountains are nice
There is a man sitting near the fountain I think he just scowled at me (oh well)
Sign saying “all pets must be on a leash” and “please clean up after your pet. Pet waste transmits disease” Makes sense; wouldn’t want to step in dog poop; also didn’t know that it transmits disease
Sign with playground guidelines I wonder who actually reads it
Another sign with rules and regulations for the entire park. It also has the times when the park is closed and says that the park is a drug free zone Probably a drug free zone because it has a kids playground ; I wonder if some of the people stay during the closed hours

Other thoughts/comments:

  • Even though the park isn’t really busy, there are still a few interesting things going on
  • This park is fairly large with different aspects
  • It is easy to see that there are several different uses fro this park
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