AB for “Campus Image: A Vital Part Of A University’s Brand.”

Mayer, Fred. “Campus Image: A Vital Part Of A University’s Brand.” Planning For Higher Education 42.4 (2014): 1-12. Education Source. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.

Fred Mayer, an architecture graduate from Pratt Institute in NYC with a MRP degree from Cornell University, states in his article “Campus Image: A Vital Part of a University’s Brand” that “if a university wants to strengthen its brand, then upgrading its visual image is one very effective way to accomplish this goal.” He uses specific examples of college campuses that utilize his suggestions of how to make a campus more appealing. He also conducted surveys and secondary research to support his claims. Mayer’s purpose for writing this article is to inform people of what students look for in a college campus including “greenery, campus artwork, and plaza areas”. The intended audience is collegiate administrations who are in charge of creating a positive visual image for their university through its landscape design. This source is useful because it provides information about how the visual image of a campus determines whether a student will chose to attend the university or not, and it also determines how students will interact on campus.

AB for “Designing a Unified Campus”

Geller, Joseph T., and Robert M. Corning. “Designing a Unified Campus.”

University Business (2007): Web. 5 Feb. 2016.



Joseph T. Geller and Robert M. Corning, partners at a landscape architecture business called Geller DeVellis, claim in their article “ Designing a Unified Campus” that the design of a college campus is critical when prospective students are making the final decision. The authors use their expertise in the landscape architecture field as well as an example of one the college campuses they landscaped, Boston College, as support for their claims throughout the text. The purpose of this article is to inform people of the thought processes and ideas that architects have when designing a college campus. They take into account the aesthetics and desired overall feel of a campus. The authors state that “often [times] the feedback of students and alumni is the motivation behind the decision by a school’s president or board of trustees to enhance the campus image.” The intended audience of this article would be landscape architects, those who aspire to be landscape architects, or those who are simply interested in the design of college campuses. This article if useful to me because it gives me insight into what landscapers think about when designing college campuses, specifically the common areas, or quads, on campus.

Tips for taking Built Environment Notes and Composing Annotated Bibliographies

Tips for taking Built Environment notes

  • Research your site first
  • Create a list of key terms to search
  • Record the sounds, images, smell, people (race, ageism, ethnicities, sexism,gender, abelism, classism)
  • Create a thesis: (e.g. The way Atlantic station is built encourages a lack of diversity.)
  • Create questions about the thesis

Annotated bibliographies (5″ish”-sentence pattern)

  • Write the citation first
  • Follow the 5-sentence pattern
  1. Who is author and why are they qualified? Introduce the name of the text and state the thesis. Quote the thesis or cite the paraphrase of the thesis. ALL IN ONE SENTENCE.
  2. What kind of evidence is used as support in the text? Interviews? Secondary sources?
  3. What is the author’s purpose?
  4. Who is the intended audience?
  5. Why/how is the source useful?
  • Include pictures! (LABEL & SITE THE IMAGES)
  • You need 3 sources for your external environment

In class AB for “Sexism is Alive and Well in Architecture” by Kennedy&Iman

Hosey, Lance. “Sexism Is Alive and Well in Architecture.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 July 2015. Web. 28 Jan. 2016.



  Diva At Home 29″ Hand Sculpted Forged Metal Mesh Curvy Woman Sculpture on Black Base from Linens-N-Things


Lance Hosey, the Chief sustainability officer for Perkins Eastman, states in his blog ‘Sexism Is Alive and Well in Architecture’ that “Sexism takes many forms in architecture” and women aren’t recognized enough for their work in the field.  The purpose of this blog is to inform people of the “objectification of women through architecture”.  Hosey states that, “emulating women’s bodies in architecture objectifies women, but it also objectivities architecture, reducing buildings to mere totems, ciphers reminding us who is in power”. The intended audience is the architects themselves because Hosey is ultimately making a call for action for architects to have a non-sexist inspiration for their sculptures.  Hosey uses secondary support from articles, statistics from websites, and interviews.


Link to picture: http://www.lnt.com/photos/product/standard/6906370S228684/other/29-hand-sculpted-forged-metal-mesh-curvy-woman-sculpture-on-black-base.jpg

Study Group session 1/21/16

During this study session, Mrs. A, Iman, another student and myself worked with Mrs. A to set up our Outlook Note accounts.  We came to the consensus that using google documents to post our class’s points was a better option.  We also discussed  Nerssesova’s message in her article Tapestry of Space.  Iman commmented that an example of how the authorities shapes our experiences is how there are bus tours of major cities but the tour guides only show tourists certain aspects of the city.  However, we concluded that only seeing the major attractions of a city is not truly getting the full experience of being in the city.  I feel that this study session was beneficial because we were able to discuss topics in a small group with our instructor on a more personal level.

Reading Summary


Analyzing Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York

mortons photo

In Nersessova’s “Tapestry of Space”, she analyzes and provides support for the purpose behind the photography in Margaret Morton’s “The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City”. Nersessova discusses the misguided perceptions that many people have about homes/homelessness. She talks about how just because someone lives on the street it does not mean they are homeless; their home is simply wherever they chose be. She uses the Situationist International (SI) organization as support for the main ideas behind Morton’s photography. SI believes that we as a society are consumed by images of things we do not need. Situationist International believes that it is essential for us to understand the space we occupy as well as spaces around us. Nersessova makes the point that the working class struggles because the system is set up to work against them rather than for them. Morton’s photography captures the poverty stricken individuals of New York as apposed to the industrialization and market that everyone thinks of when New York comes to mind. Morton’s interviewees, Bernard and Bob, stated that living above ground distracts one from finding themselves, while living below ground allows one to “achieve the level of consciousness” that is necessary to be one with yourself. Nersessova explains that the authorities have the power to shape people’s experiences in the city because they instruct tourists where to go during their visit. For example, the authorities may only put certain destinations in a brochure and only want people to see the well-known restaurants and attractions as apposed to the small family owned restaurants in the area. As a result of this, people are not able to gain the full experience of being in that space. Nersessova also emphasizes that homeless people tend to have more of a relationship with the city then those who live in homes in the city and, essentially, every thing we do as humans is an interaction with the environment.




Reading Summary

Blind Architectural Discrimination

In Parts I and II of Sarah Schindler’s Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, she discusses the impact that built environments have on our every day lives. Schindler defines “the built environment [as] man-made physical features that make it difficult for certain individuals—often poor people and people of color—to access certain places”. Various physical aspects of cities and suburban areas are designed in an effort to dictate the type of people who enter these spaces. An example that she uses is some bridges have been designed to be low enough as to prevent buses that provide pubic transportation from being able to drive underneath. Schindler brings awareness to the fact that wealthy, often white, communities vote against transit stops in their suburban neighborhoods because they do not want poor people or people of color in their neighborhoods. These wealthy individuals are directly contributing to the geographic divide between upper class and lower class Americans.  Other examples of “exclusionary urban design” include “street grid layouts, one-way streets, the absence of sidewalks and crosswalks”, all of which are unnoticeable to the average person but were established for a specific reason by the city. The authorities shape our experiences and interactions with the city in ways that we do not even realize, and Schindler aims to make her audience aware of this. Some recognition has been given to these exclusionary issues, however, many influential individuals who have the power to make a change still do not bring the amount of awareness that Schindler feels is necessary.park bench

Schindler, Sarah. “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment.” Yale Law Journal. Yale Law Journal, Apr. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2016. <http://www.yalelawjournal.org/article/architectural-exclusion>.




the emotional and behavioral affect a space has on a individual


stroller”, “lounger”


an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travelers

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