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March 27, 2008

Montreal: None Related

I went to Montreal for Spring Break. What an amazing Canadian city, from the architecture of old Montreal to the trendy Rue St. Catherines district. I want to move there.

I climbed to the top of Mount Royal one morning and took this picture. Probibly the best picture I have ever taken.
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I've been to numerous other canadian cities, including Ottawa, and Montreal by far the coolest. Sorry Ozayr.
Go Habs!
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March 13, 2008

Blog Prompt #6

This question is kind of confusing. I have an image of how I would like our group to present our project but how do you explain it in a blog.

I am a firm believer in the idea that pictures speak louder than words. An image can evoke more emotio and understanding than the written word. Therefore, I would like our presentation to have lots of powerful imagery and explaination with minimum clutter. Ozayr showed some examples of portfolios in lecture and a few really inspired me. The utilization of white space and minimizing clutter was very affective. Not cuttering the eye really creates a focal point in the page. I would like our group to present our project kind of like some of those portfolios. A clean, well designed book of material that flows and shows our findings on Bolivia. A balence of imagery and research combined to explain our findings on ending poverty in Bolivia.

Like I said before, a major agenda for me is to encompass great imagery to go along with our research. A picture can say more than a thousands words and can evoke more than a thousand emotions. For example, If I were talking about the extremely poor Guarana Indians in Bolivia that are enslaved to other families from debt a reader would understand but not feel what I have researched. But if I show them an amazing image like this......
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a reader will take more of an interest because they have emotion invested in the subject.

Something I also thought of when discussing the project with my group was the idea of uncorporating all ideas through similar illustrations. One of my group members has a spectacular style of illustrating and sketching. Having him illustrate different diagrams and maps for our plan to curb poverty and hungry in Bolivia. The whole presentation would look like a whole and flow well if we successfully do this. Creating an end project that is more than thirty pages of computer paper with type and pictures is important.
The information in our project will ideally not resemble a research paper. The text will be limited and get to the point. It will not be drowning and just be there to take up space. I would like to strive for a harmony between text and imagery. Not huge chunks of text with a few pictures on each page. The layout of the document will be open and white. Not cluttered. Like I said the portfolio approach I believe is the best. It shows what you have done in a simple matter and the lack of clutter engages the reader instead of giving a reader twenty pages of straight times new roman. Hopefully we will be able to complete a document that has depth without having to much information in a small space.

March 6, 2008

Blog Prompt #5

The built environment supports who you are. The built environment relays the phenomena of culture and society through the years. The built environment affects the individual as much as it influences the masses. The built environment and its differences around the world represent the people occupying them, no matter how beautiful or ugly they are.

The built environment around us as we grow up has the most impact on us. When you think about it, built environments affect the individual by evoking emotions. For example, I grew up and lived in the suburbs around Milwaukee for 18 years. I would be pretty comfortable moving to the suburbs of Chicago or Minneapolis because they are similar. It would feel similar to home. If I got up and moved to El Paso Texas tomorrow I would feel very uncomfortable and foreign. It seems like a basic idea but to think the human built surroundings can have lasting impacts on people. The human built environment shows culture, it shows values, it shows religion, and even shows norms. When people think about a country or area of the world, they in vision the human built environment, not usually the people who inhibit the area or the shape of the land. I think the idea of physical phenomena and frameworks, clockworks, and phenomena is a perfect way to think about the built aspect of our earth. Smaller things creating systems of larger things. Sometimes it is really hard to explain how much we take the built environment for granted, especially the one immediately around us.

Living in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
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VS.

Living in North Carolina
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Both would create norms and values in an individual. But both environments are equally important.
The built environment is ever changing and has no one face. It can be the new condominium complex in downtown Minneapolis or the mud brick hut located on an island Atlantic Ocean. Since we associate ourselves with our own built environment it is important to understand how our perceptions change or how they don’t change. We remember different places from our experiences we had in them and forever remember them the same.