Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Since these spaces are all within walking distance of UNCG they could be used for small restaurants, creative performance centers, and swimming pools. Restaurants that are not fast food and serve healthy meals do not seem to be in great abundance within walking distance of the school. These would be attractive to families visiting colleges, and also offer many job opportunities to students. Underclassmen might benefit from just being able to earn some money as servers, while business students could gain valuable experience helping with a more managerial job at a restaurant. If the colleges worked with these businesses to help set them up with good employees, this would be mutually beneficial to both students and businesses.
Creative performance centers would be helpful to the theatre and music majors in the colleges. They would allow for free expression for anyone looking for a way to independently share their thoughts. It would be a great place to practice performances that might need to be shown in class, or simply to become more comfortable doing a certain kind of performance. It could also be a place that other students could go for some entertainment in the evenings.
The large industrial buildings could be renovated to contain indoor swimming pools. This could be a place that both students as well as local families could go to relax and exercise. While the HHP does contain a pool, it is often closed because of classes, and is only a lap pool. An alternative place to swim and let out some energy would be great. Pools are a great source for exercise, especially as they help to use many muscles that are hard to exercise by other means, and swimming does not put any extra stress on joints the ways other exercise can. There is no concussion which can cause problems later on. A swimming pool would be a profitable business in this area, that does not currently exist.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Many of the houses in this neighborhood follow two main designs. Most are three stories tall, with few windows on the top floor and the first two stories being fairly large. The other main type was a one-story building with an attic. Every house in this area had some type of front porch. Valuable to this section must be some sense of uniformity, and a desire to fit in, as well as the ability to communicate with the street. Many of the porches had some type of furniture on them showing that they were used to sit outside and have of a view of the street just out front.
Typically the house had wood siding, lights in the front doors, and no shutters. This kind of material was probably fairly typical of the time period when these houses were built, and very cost effective. Vinyl siding is fairly new, and was probably not in style much at the time of construction. There was only one exception along the whole street concerning the shutters on the front. In the first section, about half had a single mailbox, while others had either none, or multiple boxes. Moving further away from town, there were more houses with a single mailbox. This shows that multiple occupancy houses are valued higher closer to campus, where students might be able to rent out a place to live while attending UNCG.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This part of campus has managed to seclude itself from the rest of the school by bordering itself by 8 buildings to create 4 sides to enclose a central green. This inner area is criss-crossed by concrete walkways to enable travel in any direction, and also sometimes have messages painted on them. This area was constructed symmetrically, and the building styles are identical on both sides. The Quad section of campus houses only upperclassmen and Greeks, not freshman. By controlling the occupants it has created its own district within the campus, almost a city within a city. The Quad is not as newly renovated as some of the other residence halls. There is no air conditioning and many fans can be seen through the outer windows in passing. The main value of this section is to the residents who live there. It gives them a unique area to themselves that allows for a bit of separation from the rest of campus, while still being located very close to mainstream areas such as the fountain, Caf, EUC, and library.
Business Administration Building (Bryan School)
The Bryan building was probably built in the most recent time period, the 90’s and after. It is not placed orthogonal to the surrounding buildings and has a very different feel than most other structures on campus. The structure and placement remind one somewhat of Eberhart. This building has similar materials to many others, being the same red brick. Aside from that it is very unique, and has a very odd shape. Navigation inside is somewhat like being in a maze, and can be confusing at times. This building is aimed to stand out slightly in contrast to surrounding structures. It houses the Bryan School of Business and seeks to make that known by standing askew to everything around it.
The Gatewood Building is home to the Art and Interior Architecture programs of UNCG. It’s unique structure is intended to set it apart from the rest of campus as well. The lights are kept on 24/7 and at night the translucent ceiling allows it to ‘glow’ and attract attention. The beauty of this building allows it to see itself as the “jewel” in the UNCG crown. This building values art and design, which it readily displays for all to see, both on the inside and the outside. The design of the structure itself is valuable to the students who study there, and are able to appreciate as much, if not more so, than the other residents of the school.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
My Great Grandmother immigrated from Italy to Ellis Island, New York...
She and her family settled in Princeton, NJ, although many other Cifelli's from the same town in Italy settled in various other parts of the state. Most of my family members are in the US and we do not communicate with any relatives that might exist back in Europe. My family members brought some aspects of their culture from Italy with them, such as special recipes and the need to cook for anyone and everyone. Easter is a big holiday, and large portions of family members get together, and all eat "Easter bread" that is a special recipe that has been passed down. Another important food is beets, which are like fried doughnuts. I believe this food is particular to just my family, and not just a general Italian recipe.
I do not believe that my family ever intended to return to Italy after being in the US for a short amount of time. Since the members who immigrated are all deceased and their remaining children are in their 90's, not many people really know the reasons for immigration or intentions after arriving. The family members have blended well into the American society, while still keeping some of their own traditions. My grandmother is still obviously Italian in many ways, especially in her cooking. She makes a lot of pasts, meatballs, and sausage. She insists on feeding anyone who visits and always makes sure they have had plenty to eat before leaving. The next generation however, is very Americanized and does not outwardly display any Italian traditions or do anything special for holidays. My family's culture does not have much in the way of religion and has no requirement for a place of worship in the home.
The center point of the EUC seems to be the circular drum in the front of the building. The patterns around the wall are symmetrical in design so that each part of the room seems to be equal in importance. There are lights at the top of the drum shape shining down to the floor below. These help illuminate the area making it welcoming and allowing visitors to see all that is going on around them in the EUC. The food court and bookstore flank the entrance on either side. Leading away from it is the hallway that leads down to the information desk at the back, the Auditorium on the left, and many other meeting rooms to the right. The main hallway is the sight for many activities and information groups. This one single part of the EUC is the path followed to all the other parts of the building.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
My main vantage is at the Fountain, where I can see a lot of the comings and goings of fellow students. There is also the surrounding turf of the steps, the unique beat of the the Caf, and the district inside the dining hall building. The fix nearby is the Quad because every element of that section of dormitories is built with linear perspective. The wooded area by North Drive is a sink to me, as it is a place that nobody ever seems to venture into, and it is nobody's turf. The closest stacks are the Rock and Clock Tower. They stack many memories for the entire student population.