Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Centrality and the Reality of them

Now, when you look at this, you are looking at the roof of the EUC, a wonderful building that has sered as the "center" of the campus for a long time. Now, other than the lights that are burnt out, this should be a circle of lights with the blue center. Now, this could represent many ideals. This could represent the circular style of the newer buildings like the Music Building. Thus, the new age of building come into play. It could represent the equality of the building's substores and the hall that connects to it. Each part of the building is equally important to the building compared to the other substores. Finally, (and my idea about it) it could represent the big eye-popper in the building that signifies the entrance of the center. More people will see the roof before they see the stairs that hug the people entering the back. It's a great landmark for people to meet around.

Now, the interesting part of the building is this. If you can see this,the brick wall is very special. The building has the darker red brick, but there's the one spot that sticks out because it's duller. There's another spot symmetrically in the same spot on the right side. Why is this there? Well, my inference is that something was there that was replaced in the years that the EUC was renovated. It could have been vents orwindoes, but I believe it was vents. Vents must have led to the Cone Ballroom which must have been a 2-story room at the time. Who knows? Still, something was there.

Now, this represents the next center that we will talk about. This is a building that we will always love to use for research and last-minute studying, the Jackson Library. Now, this building is a center for those reasons. It is a big building for study and group research. Also, it is a standout building because of the tower behind it and the columns that help it to stand out. Now, a little fun fact info. First, the Jackson Library is a mathemaician's dream. It is symetrically perfect in every way. The doors are equal, the building is the same size on both ways, and it has windows and doors in the exact same place. Now, the first picture represents what I believe is the center of the center. This area is what I call the crossroads of the library. It shows the way to every part of the library from the Superlab to the elevators to the tower. Also, the artistic design on the wall behind the sign is what I call an eye-popper. The eye-popper helps the area become a landmark to the library. This could become a meeting point for all people who enter, thus making this palce a center.

Now, the final building that represents a big center for UNCG is the special Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is a center to everyone because of its resourcefulness and its landmark. The Dining Hall is a abstract type of building that relates to more of the artistic type. Now, this building defies all of the rules of the UNCG buildings. It doesn't have the similar patterns on the wall. It does not have uniformity. Most of all, it does not add up to the standards of the buildings. This building has different colored walls. It has a glass roof and even an agricultural part to the building. Now, this can be easily seen as a center. Firest, it's easily noticeable as a landmark to mark a center. Second, it is very close to the center of the campus. When we mapped the campus earlier, the center was somewhere around the fountain. Thus, it could be a center because of that. Plus, it is a unique area which is very noticeable as a center for people.

Now, this is a special blog ending. What is a center to me? A center is what I call a meeting point that is so unique that everyone can point to it and say that they recognize it. Each of these buildings in the blog represent the center in my perspective a great way. First, there is the uniqueness of the center. In each center, there is the special part of the building that makes it stick out. It could have been the circle of lights in the EUC, the library's amazing art style and signs, or even the abstract wall of the Dining Hall. Second, it is the resourcefulness of the building. Each center must be put to great use and it must have a developed style to it. The EUC, for example, has the bookstore and the two-story food court. Plus, there are many meeting rooms where people study and try to connect with nature, meditate, or even just play around. Also, the Dining Hall has the Post Office, a popular market, and of course, the Caf. The Jackson Library has the group study rooms and the big halls for studying and study parties. Plus, it has the art and noticeable spots that attract people to the area. Finally, there is the fact that each is very popular to the community of UNCG. Without that, there is no center, thus no reason to write this blog. Each is very popular in its own way, which leads back to the resourcefulness idea. Now, you can make your own perceptions and ideas from this and I hope you do. Still, this is what a center means to me.

1 comment:

  1. but centers are about much more than popularity. what did clay say about them that would make sense in this context?