Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blog Post- 10 Principles of Design


I define space as somewhere that makes a particular environment or feeling.The space created outside of the Cafeteria around the fountain creates a environment of relaxation and the trees that overhang the space close it in creating a intimate place to bond with friends or do homework. This space shows how levels of steps create a room like feeling dividing up the space.


The Library Towers demand a sense of power since they are roughly the center of campus and are taller than any building around it. With the word power i tend to think about knowledge and since this building hold thousands of resources for the student body that shows that knowledge is power and since the university as a whole provides us with that the university also holds power over the surrounding area.


On Campus the most valuable thing besides learning is having a college experience and this experience rotates around the more social side of campus. The Elliott University Center as well as the quad serve as a place for the student body to interact and bond.  This experience is influenced by the openness of the quad and how is seams to by surrounded by structures making a safe feeling for the people who interact there.


UNCG has the highest regards for principles and for making education come before any other activity so it only makes sense to locate the schools faculty center before all the social parts of campus when your walking down college avenue.  In class we also learned how a circle represents a sacred spot and since one lays at the entrance to the Faculty center the principle of school being the most important thing on campus is stressed.


Since the campus is designed for learning as well as living one must take precedent over the other this is why our campus is designed the way it is.  If you look at a campus map you will notice three different areas represented, one being all the buildings dedicated to education, then those that serve to nurture us such as the Elliott University Center the Jackson Library and the Cafeteria all nurture us in different ways physically or intellectually.  The last being dorms for all those who live on campus.  These three parts of campus make up a working system which allows us to be active participants in our education.


The site of the Foust Building is a location that draws attention to the building itself. It is located on a hill framed by large oak trees that create a frame for the building and create a feeling of grandeur. The design of the building reflects the site by having two linear structures that draw the eye upward and exaggerate the height of the building and its location.


Campus shows order through having different departments for majors and having different buildings for each subject.  Also by ranking students in different orders such as under-graduated and graduates, freshman or sophomores.  All the rankings combine to create one large group labeled at UNCG students which falls under the larger order of NC college students and then American college students and so on and so forth.


This building demonstrates different scales by all the different levels and different depths which adds a unique visual effect. Not only does the campus reflect scale in the buildings but it also reflects a smaller scale of the surrounding city of Greensboro. The campus had food sources and housing sources.

This is reflected everywhere on campus from the spartan cards we swipe to pay for meals to blackboard where class information is posted. In today's society there is no part of our lives that hasn't been influenced by technology.  In classes we now are allowed to take notes on our laptops and required to keep a online record of our work this all combined influences how we learn an communicate with others.  UNCG has arrived in the 21st century where everything is through the computer and that helps to relate to present day students.


Surface is shown all over campus by the brick path ways, the stone columns on the buildings and in most recent buildings the concrete and exposed steal beams.  The change is surfaces used in design is very vivid at UNCG just looking at the Gatewood Studio Building compared to the Foust building across the street.  Some surfaces are still the same like the brick but as shown looking at these two buildings they are very different designs. We can assume that the surfaces are similar but give off different feelings and design styles both reflective of styles of Architecture.

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