Central Park: Ever changing

This is a video that kind of maps out Central Park and shows how it’s always changing. It relates to Chace and my final project on how it’s designed and how it looks a lot like the Olmsted designed campuses.


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)




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.

Footprint in Montevallo

For our final project, Alyssa and I wanted to shed light on the amount of pollution and litter that accumulates along hiking trails. Pollution is a huge issue in our society today, but even in the middle of nature where we hope to enjoy its beauty, you can find stray trash and random items. We created a SlideRocket to present the bulk of the facts and an iMovie to show the more interesting aspect of our project.

Here’s the link to our SlideRocket:


Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve?

I am basing my project off the work of Carlton Ward, an environmental photojournalist who promotes conservation of natural environments. I became interested Carlton Ward and his work when Dr. Wacker introduced the artist to our class. I am an avid outdoorsman and have a passion for the natural environment. My passion for the outdoors is what has fueled my interest for this project. My purpose or goal is to tell a story through photographs, but not just any story. I want to open people’s eyes to the conservation of the natural environment and its’ inhabitants. I hope to spark a new interest in the natural environment and raise awareness of how important it is to humans. I have attached my entire slideshow for my project: Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve Continue reading

Viewfinder Preview.

Last class we were told to basically post a summary of our project and some questions (or something of the like) to get the class involved. Since Jack and myself have been posting ‘teasers’ of our project for each location, we are going to use those as our summary. Other wise we would have almost all of our presentation alread on here, and who really wants to sit through something you have already seen several times? We were planning on using SlideRocket to create our presentation, but the slides do not all need the same amount of time so we just went with a basic powerpoint. As a reminder, our project focuses on comparing and contrasting the way nature is viewed when seen naturally, through a man-made device, and how turning your back to the subject changes how it is precieved and their invididual pro and cons. The following is an example of the types of things our presentation will contain. Continue reading

Final teaser.

Since Moss Rock was such a bust and did not get to go where all we wanted to in  Tannehill State Park we decided to go back to see if it would be more productive this trip. Heres more images.

We found a storm weathered tree!

No bears, just ducks.

More teasers.

For our third round of gathering images we went to Moss Rock. We did not run across much that we liked enough to take a photograph of and the weather was rather crummy. We left with only one image that was worth a snuff. It was a rather dissapointing trip over all.