Final Project

This is our Powerpoint for our presentation on Cookie Cutter Campuses. Art History Final1

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To break the law or go extinct??

I some how just stumbled onto this website when I was looking up information on The Great Smokey Mountains, This article is about how this species of snake is eating animals to survive of course but its eating endangered species of birds and this one species of snake and has caused within a few decades to completely devastate the island’s bird life—causing the extinction of nine out of the 11 native species. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the country’s top conservation organizations, is fighting to ban the importation of such snakes. If ABC is successful, these snakes will be considered “injurious wildlife” and regulated by the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act made it illegal to transport across state lines any animals or birds killed in violation of state laws.

“Everywhere you look non-native invasive species are undermining the very ecosystems our national parks are intended to protect. Eradication of these pests in parks consume a growing amount of money. With there being no way to guarantee that “pets” will not be released into the wild, the American Bird Conservancy urges that appropriate measures be taken to prevent ecosystems in the United States from going the way of Guam.”(Hepburn)

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2012/12/going-going-guam-non-native-snakes-threaten-national-park-ecosystems13924

I just thought it was really intense how that this county is having a debate on what to do with these snakes and how to handle their decreasing population in wildlife birds.

Cookie Cutter Campus

For my final project Kendra and I will be comparing and contrasting Olmstead design campuses across the U.S. and Montevallo.

When we went to the library to learn about the history and design of this campus, we felt strongly about this topic for our project. It was really interesting to learn about what is here and what has been replaced over the years. Montevallo is a true Olmstead design campus with its winding walkways and the scenery to be enjoys from all around. Olmstead was about keeping nature as is and just placing building with in, he didnt want to destroy the natural beauty of the surroundings.’ Olmsted believed the goal wasn’t to make viewers see his work. It was to make them unaware of it. To him, the art was to conceal art. And the way to do this was to remove distractions and demands on the conscious mind. Viewers weren’t supposed to examine or analyze parts of the scene. They were supposed to be unaware of everything that was working. His designs subtly direct movement through the landscape. Pedestrians are led without realizing they’re being led. It’s a strange sensation of feeling lost yet completely confident that you can easily return to your starting point.”(Linderman)

We went back to the library and talked to Carey Heatherely and he helped out a lot with information on Olmstead and where to start looking. He gave us a handful of websites that came in handy when looking up information.

http://www.olmsted.org/the-olmsted-legacy/olmsted-theory-and-design-principles/olmsted-his-essential-theory (his ideas and a great website about the firm and its architects)

http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/exhibits/thomas/plan3.html

http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p838

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/rschwart/hatlas/campus_environment/olmstead_plan/index.html

https://digital.lib.washington.edu/architect/architects/2494/ (all of the buildings that J. C. Olmsted worked on in the Seattle area, including the University of Washington.

We will be presenting our project in powerpoint form. Starting off with a brief history of Olmstead and his design ethic, plan and theory. We will be comparing three different places to an Olmstead design including Montevallo, Stanford, and Mount Holyoke with Central Park. Comparing the winding paths and getting lost on campus with its beauty and the colors in the trees on your way to class. Contrasting campuses with a different design will be easy to find but the differences in the layout could be a little difficult. You could always find a little Olmstead in any campus I feel like except UAB. Contrasting UAB to Olmstead will be the easiest. The buildings all around and the few patches of landscape are just grass with no trees, Its a depressing campus. With our last slide on our presentation we will discuss the many benefits of having and Olmstead design campus, which include style, scenery, and environmental conservation.

So I get all of my news from yahoo because I don’t really watch TV but I ran across this. How sad!

25 primate species reported on brink of extinction

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer's gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo. Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Virunga National Park, LuAnne Cadd, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
  • Associated Press/Virunga National Park, LuAnne Cadd, File – FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer’s gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega

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This painting shows the westward expansion and starting new lives with the angel leading the way. Stage coaches and covered wagons are shown in the background. This to me shows that they are changing their ways of building and upgrading their lifestyle.  The men in the front look like workers and are looking for gold with their axes and tools on the back of the horse. Smoke in the background makes the land look like its being tilled and worked on. Gold mining was a huge thing in the west, especially in California. The angel is like blessing the land by showing the travelers where to go and how to do it.