Discussion: Unit 2 Readings

In Arcades, Magasins de Nouveautis, Sales Clerks, why does Benjamin choose to write his description of the Arcades in such a convoluted way? I understand that including multiple commentaries on the Arcades suggests a larger effect that the built environment had on the community, but in the end I think he could’ve made his text a little less intimidating and a little more straightforward for the sake of understanding. I think organizing the text would have taken less attention from how the text was written and added more to why it was written.

New Blog Design

So last week during work I was really bored and, instead of beginning my 10 page research paper due two days from now, I decided to play around with my blog. I ended up completely changing the design of my blog to make it more organized and less noisy than before. I had already had all of my posts categorized but now the categories are at the top of the home page for easy access. I went through my posts and added tags to make them all easily accessed as well. The design I chose has this cool feature called a “tag cloud” that shows all of the tags in one big cloud. The largest tags are the ones most frequently used on my blog.

I really liked this theme because it puts all of my posts up front and center on the home page. My last one had a static homepage and then you had to navigate to my posts separately, which I thought was really annoying. This theme is much simpler in design (there isn’t any repeating GSU logo) but more complex in presentation of the content I publish. Hope you all enjoy!

Georgia State Capital Building: Historical Artifacts (BED1)


The second floor of the capital building houses many historical artifacts and exhibits relevant to Georgia’s history. This floor felt the most like a museum. The wooden and glass cases held everything fro memorial bells to journal entries from past Governors and other important historical figures. I spent most of my time on this floor, looking at all of the artifacts on display. I was surprised at how interesting this floor was. It added even more to the sense of pride in the state of Georgia that the building imposes.

Built Environment Description: Georgia State Capital Building (BED1)

Located several blocks from the southeast corner of downtown Atlanta, Georgia’s capital building by all means stands out amongst the buildings surrounding it.  Amidst the skyscrapers, highways, and structures, I can always see the bright golden dome from my dorm room on the 11th floor of the GA State University Commons. I picked this building for my built environment description because it was always so interesting to look at from afar and I had never actually gone there even though I’ve lived in Georgia almost my entire life. And now that it is a mere 15 minute walk from my dorm, I had no excuse not to go.

The design of the capital building demands attention. As I came closer and closer to the building, its dominance on the surrounding environment was becoming increasingly clearer. As I got closer and closer it became harder for me to look away from the huge golden dome. I noticed this effect taking place in the eyes of other pedestrians, who either came to a full stop to take pictures, or otherwise couldn’t detach their eyes from the structure.

The area surrounding the building is comprised of large green yards and trees provide a lot of shade. This area is somewhat like a public park and a history museum in one, with statues and other historical artifacts around every corner. I saw one woman taking advantage of this rare area of shade in the city and eating lunch under a huge tree.

The interior of the building is very spacious and defined. Everything I saw inside had a clear cut purpose for being there. The offices of Secretary of State and the Governor’s office were the first offices I saw, right next to the large wooden front door. I suppose this made these two officials seem more easily accessible to the public. The wide open atriums are strictly symmetrical and homogeneous. When I was there, at around 3:00 in the afternoon, most of the light in the building came from the huge windows lining the top of the walls. Thick white columns run from the first floor to the top, and the dark brown wooden doors of offices line the walls of each floor. Countless marble statues, busts and historical artifacts can be found anywhere in the building. Overall, the capital building gave off a sense that it was a place where Georgia’s history is concentrated and positively furthered through the work of the state government.

Class Notes: Week 5

Organizing our blogs with categories

To make it simpler to see everyone’s work such as major projects, class notes, and sos questions, we are going to implement categories and tags in our blogs. Some categories and tags we are going to use are:

  • Annotated Bibliography

Tags: AB1-3, AB1fml, Subject (Downtown, Beltline, ect.)

  • Built Environment Description

Tags: BED1-3, Focus (Historical, Cultural, or Political), Environment (Capital Building, Krog Street Tunnel, ect.)

  • Class Notes
  • SOS
  • Major Projects

Georgia State Capital Building: Statues (BED1)

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There are countless statues and busts all throughout the interior and exterior of the building commemorating the important historical figures significant to Georgia, all of which give the environment a strong sense of historical reverence. The equestrian statue above honors John Brown Gordon, one of Robert E. Lee’s most trusted Confederate generals during the American Civil War, a titular leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia, and a strong opponent of Reconstruction. The marble statue on the right commemorates Benjamin Harvey Hill, a senator highly opposed to southern secession who held many seats in Georgia state government during the late 1800’s.

Georgia State Capital Building: Design Details (BED1)

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The furnishings of the interior were all very detailed. The stair railings above were decorated with ornate etchings and lavish spiral ends. The lighting fixtures were embellished with these stem-like decorations and precise design details. Some lighting fixtures near the ends of the stairs were designed like colonial-era lamp posts.

Georiga State Capital Building: Interior (BED1)




The interior of the building is very expansive, almost cavernous. If you listen closely to the video you may be able to hear my footsteps and other noises echoing off of the tall walls and corridors. The building feels a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside. You can also see that most of the light comes from the huge windows near the ceiling. There was clearly an emphasis on symmetry and uniformity across the interior design, as each floor looks like the last and one side of the room looks exactly like the other. And perhaps it was merely the time I was there, but for all these offices I saw maybe 15 people in the entire building.

Georgia State Capital Building: The Dome (BED1)

The bright golden dome of the capital building is by far the most eye-catching feature of the building’s appearance from the outside. The environment surrounding the building itself is like a public park and a history museum in one. There are relatively wide open grassy areas, trees provide a lot of shade, and there are many statues of historical figures around every corner. The dome itself is an interesting architectural and historical artifact. There are actually stairs between the inner and outer dome where people used to be able to climb to the cupola, the cylindrical area between the statue of Miss Freedom and the outer dome. Before the stairs were closed for safety reasons in the 1950’s, almost 400 people attempted the 232 step climb each day to see panoramic views of the city.

Atlanta Pics: Skyline Sunset


This is the view of Atlanta from my dorm room at GSU. I remember when I first walked in on move in day me and my parents were taken aback by this wonderful view. I really lucked out. It looks even better at night but I just had to take a picture of the skyline at sunset yesterday because it really was something I want to remember. The picture of course, taken on my 4 year old phone, doesn’t really capture the full beauty of the scene but I did my best. Things like this view really make me appreciate going to school at GSU. Living in and going to school in the heart of a city, and not just any city but the city of Atlanta has been such a fun and eye opening experience for me. I came from the relatively small town of Johns Creek, GA where the tallest building was maybe a third of that of Atlanta. Not to throw the old JC under the bus (it really isn’t that bad) but lets just say living in downtown Atlanta is a completely different experience in a very good way.