LIB/ARCH 2205ID Learning Places, FA2019

Professors Montgomery and Phillip

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Third Scavenger Hunt Trip

This trip was not much different from other trips, again we analyzed more of the neighborhood’s architecture and they’ve evolved . we observed historic structure, which in my opinion is safe to deem magnificent architecture. These architectures were of course revival, which means the mimic   of visual styles that echoes the previous styles of architecture. We observed both Romanesque and Roman style architecture while touring the neighborhood. The Roman style of architecture consist of the following characteristics, arches, vaults, dome, concrete and mostly circular columns. Romanesque has similar Characteristics, but an additive of Byzantine and other local traditions that consists of massive quality, thick walls, round arches, sturdy pillars, barrel vaults, large towers and decorative arcade.  Gothic revival was another style we were privileged to witness. The Characteristics are as follows, pointed arches used for windows, doors, and decorative elements like porches, dormers, or roof gables. These detailed and artistic historic architectures require physical and time-consuming labor.

We also acknowledged the new era of construction also known as, “postmodern architecture.”  Which are typically vertical extruded geometry, mostly rectangular, with glass facades, called curtain wall. We established these types of architecture requires less labor work. These projects are mostly office buildings and some luxuries apartments. The demographics appears to have shifted dramatically as these new forms of architecture are made affordable to affluent individuals.

Semester’s Reflection!

When I was advised to pick an elective class, I was a excited to come a across one of my most admired professors.  A professor that has a perfect reputation for his eloquent way of teaching and providing unlimited access to information needed to help achieve the terms desired grade and goal. I was convinced that the class was strictly architecturally related, and I thought that my skills to provide a descent assignment that is architecturally related were honed during this last period of my  education.  My perception about the class changed after learning the nature of the course the very first week. I learned that the class will consist of another professor with a different background and the focus was much broader then the technicality of architecture. Well Professor Philips was her named, and she turned out to be not too different from professor Montgomery. Both professors were again very committed to the course and 100 percent opened to again, provide unlimited information to what appeared to be a challenging class.  The class were provided with different tools and strategic ways to tackle ‘Research’ that was originally broad and then eventually narrowed down to a much specific focus. The class became especially interesting when we were enlightened about the ‘redevelopment of societies,’ a field that I am very passionate about. We were giving the opportunities to not just  view redevelopment from a our perspective, but from those that are really affected by it the most, the “local residents and business owners.” My approach to design and development is more empathetic now, as the class has opened my conscious senses. When redeveloping a neighborhood, the local residents, business owners and history must be protected.

Reflections from Learning Places/Lisa Hayes

I really didn’t know what to expect my first day of Learning Places class.  I said to myself  “Understanding the City”, ok I can work with this, then I heard the word Architecture, and suddenly I wasn’t too sure anymore.   I was aware of the Architecture Major students in class and now I’m thinking ” those architecture students got one up on me, should I stay? or maybe leave and try again another time.   I was unaware that WAS my time, and I’m so happy I stayed.  Starting off with taking daily tours of the Downtown, Metro-tech area I gradually started to get a glimpse of what direction the Professors were trying to go with the class.  Then, moving forward with the Case study neighborhood Analysis of my neighborhood was like unveiling important facets of researched facts about my neighborhood that was always right there in front of me, but now uncovered.  Honestly I’ll never look at my neighborhood the same because of this class, let alone the Brooklyn Downtown , Metro-Tech areas. My vision is clear to the information, insight, and  knowledge in reference to these places since taking this class.  Both Professor Montgomery, and Professor Phillips with their diverse style of teaching the class made me want to push myself, and dig further into my research assignments.

The support of my team partner, and then having support from now a team of four, it felt real good to see how everything had come together, made sense, and was connected.  It made me reflect after leaving class that everything I’ve experienced up to this point made sense. The feelings of the unknown in the beginning, the challenges along the way,the jokes and in class wise-cracks, and in the end the completion of hand claps of support from my classmates. Even how we made each other smile and laugh.  As I stated before I really didn’t know what to expect my first day of starting class, but I took a chance and I stayed for the duration and because of this I’ve learned things that I would not have probably known otherwise. Factual knowledge that I can share with others,and that can also be in my opinion a good conversation piece, lol. In the end, I’m so happy I stayed. What a good feeling.

Semester Reflection

I had no idea what this class entailed until I actually showed up on the first day. I just took the class because it fit into my schedule. When I got to class and realized that it was about studying neighborhoods, buildings and the like, I made up my mind to drop it the same day. My first thought was, “this has absolutely nothing to do with my major (Legal Studies), so I’m out.” By some act of fate, I was unable to find another class and decided to go to the second class meeting. This is when I met Professor Phillip and somehow she made the coursework seem a bit more manageable. We did our first voice impromptu memo, and as hard as it was, that was what motivated me to stick with the class for the rest of the semester. I can honestly say this class forced me out of my comfort zone, pushed me to learn new things and bond with my classmates. I am more aware of the changes taking place in the city and city planning. My vocabulary has been expanded tremendously with terms I’ve learnt in this class. Believe it or not, I even see where there were overlaps with this class and some of my legal classes. For example, the changes in zoning laws over the years. I recently did a presentation in my Real Estate Law class about zoning laws and thanks to this class, I was able to apply my knowledge about Metrotech to make arguments. Indeed, this class was not what I expected, and I am quite happy about that.

Final Project

Group Members: Brandon Paton, Berk Koccaz, Jennifer Reyes, Rikkie Ray Garcia



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