I am looking forward to Visit the NYPL map room and the library in general since I have never been there and I think will be a great learning experience . I think the idea of focusing on old maps to figure out what was on the piece of land where the Farragut houses were built is a very brilliant idea. Although everything is online and digitized many people would not see the purpose of visiting a library map room but like Professor Mogommery mentioned when you have something in front of you it is important to block everything out of your head that you may be thinking about before and just focus on what’s in front of you to see what’s there to discover and appreciate the preservation of history. I imagine the library to be a very busy touristic place with a lot of people going in and out. I personally, always enjoy spending time in a library because it is always very peaceful and quiet and it allows me to refocus in order to finish any school work I may still have pending. In addition this visit will also allow us to access maps that may not be found online since they may be very old and fragile. Lastly in the article, ” Unbinding the Atlas; Moving the NYPL map collection beyond digitization” it basically speaks of how maps go to the web as scanning images which makes it easier for information seekers to share the common desire to better understand a place through time and space as represented on a map and as a result most map libraries are converting their map collection into a digital world to make it more time consuming and accessible to the public and people who share common desires to discover places.
After exchanging ideas based on a researcher perspective and a designer perspective I think both groups took away a lot from each other whether we offered suggestions or asked my they designed the Farragut houses the way they did. According to the three groups they wanted to encourage more commercial activity in order to promote safety because in this way there would be more people at nights except for just the residents that live there. they also wanted to have more residential buildings for middle class residents so that vinegar hill wouldn’t be seen as an area for just people who are struggling. they stressed that it was hard to tell the use of the land and whether it was private or public space of if the park was open for everyone to use or just the residents that live there. In addition they wanted the F train to be visible and they wanted to make the streets smaller and not as wide as they presently are since it seems to cause separation between the residents. Also they mentioned they wanted to add more rite aids, grocery stores, barbershops and nail salons which are resources that would make this area busier and less secluded. I was very mind blown of how the students re created the Farragut houses and how they incorporated their own ideas and improvements that they thought should be made to make the area more safe and commercial friendly.