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BEA Draft 2: The People of the Landscape

A major factor in the built environment is our daily, conscious interaction with these spaces. Controversy surrounding this issue, and homelessness in general, is the ability of the city to make decisions about the fate of a place and people with whom they cannot relate. These are the people behind the articles, the city council…

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Built Environment Analysis Draft 1

The Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter, the largest in the city of Atlanta, has faced threats of closure from city officials since its inception. Mayor Kasim Reed now spearheads the crusade to terminate its utilization, and the shelter will be closed within the coming months. Despite arguments made by city officials, the closure of the Peachtree-Pine shelter…

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Built Environment Description: Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station is isolated from the assemblage of downtown. It is distinguished by surrounding townhouses and brick apartments, with green yards and walkways as well as ornate statues decorating the landscape. Many people are out walking dogs or sitting on covered porches. The entrance to Atlantic Station follows walkways of cobblestone, through gates that lead to…

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Discussion Question

How and why do built environments complement or contrast their physical surrounding?

BED Draft

The Tabernacle bisects Luckie Street, with Ted’s Montana Grill and the Atlanta Skywheel at either end of the block. These high-expense tourist attractions are further stratified by the cracked pavement and bowed fencing of car lots, and narrow alleys of debris and loose gravel. Two homeless men, both in oversized and soiled shirts, watched from…

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American Studies Discussion 3

An idea blatantly addressed in our cluster this week is the dual nature of humanity. In American Literature, we read “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” by Benjamin Franklin, where his analysis of native culture elevates their civility over American barbarity. The title ironically attributes savagery to the Americans, instead of the expected natives,…

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Group Discussion

I wanted to clarify what was due tomorrow for class , and how to properly use the Zotero library to create an annotated bibliography and submit it on our class website. I asked other members of the cluster if they could meet after class, and six of us met in the study room of floor…

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American Studies Discussion 2

In English 1103, we discussed and practiced the contextualization of historical artifacts. Contextualization plays an important role in the class, especially through our analysis of the built environments of Atlanta and the architecture, artwork, or other cultural artifacts of a people. The practice is also necessary for our readings in American Literature, where the perspective…

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Class Notes: Reading Annotations

Rhetorical Situation: author, audience, context The rhetorical situation determines what appeals you use. Good Annotations: Deeper understanding of the text: reading between the lines Making connections to other literature, classes, etc. Analyze arguments and counterarguments Takes other perspectives into account Asks questions, offers answers Example: Whatever we have of history in incomplete; how do you…

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American Studies Discussion: Week 2

A recurrent issue this week dealt with a subtle emphasis of color, characterizing the tension of race in America. In Graphic Novels, both texts we have read depict simple narrative characters. Their plain, almost universal appearance allows readers to identify with and project upon the character, in accordance with the art of masking. However, a…

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