Friday, September 11, 2009

Great Examples | [re]centering

For the [re]centering exercise we took the class around campus to the EUC, Jackson Library, and the Caf. We talked with the students about centers in buildings, how to identify them, and what they represent. Here are some excerpts from their blogs that show a great understanding of the centers on campus:

"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."
- Taylor McAlister

[speaking about the EUC] “In this building one of the centers was located between the EUC café and the bookstore. It aligned with the other drum that included circular stairs and an information booth to help the students. Between the two drums are convenience stores such as a small market shop and a Starbucks café. This center is informative, and yet a place for social gatherings.”
-Jazzy Parker

“Elliott University Center The center point of the EUC seems to be the circular drum in the front of the building. The patterns around the wall are symmetrical in design so that each part of the room seems to be equal in importance. There are lights at the top of the drum shape shining down to the floor below.”
-Sara Cifelli

"In the EUC there is the drum at the entrance between the bookstore and food court. I had never taken the time to really notice the detail in the entrance drum. The lines up the walls, the white portions around the windows that make a pattern, and the blue light on the ceiling. Many people travel through this area, and it is along the axis of the space. At the other end of the hall, the axis, is the circular staircase, another center. The stairs connect the floors, the back entrance to the main floor, and so on. This stairway is also a center in the idea of balance."
-Katie Tester

"I understand centers to be places that signify both importance and heavily frequented areas. To me, a building can have many centers throughout, not just in the entrance of the building. A center could be a point of intersection where major paths meet as well as a place that has many other places to choose from."
-Rodney Coulston

"A center should be impressive, and should not only give the building a feeling of importance, but a feeling of importance to the person standing in it as well."
-Andrew Clark

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