Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Site Plan Precedents

UNCG Campus Site Map
Landscape Design Site Map from Harvard University

Drawn and Satellite Image of the the Port of Hood River

Site Map from 1777 of Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mural Charette

The Site
Glenwood is an area that anyone on the UNCG campus is very familiar with, and if they are not, they should be. UNCG's growth has caused it to start eating up this multicultural district.

Our project was through a collective effort of all years in iARC and the art department that share the Gatewood Studio Arts Building with us here at UNCG.

Our group first looked at creating a map of the Glenwood area. This design was almost completely done by the time I was able to join the group. I personally felt the design was lacking and spent much of my afternoon trying to figure something to add depth to the design.

Late into the project we created more 3D designs to come off of the building and create a interaction with the people walking through the area. I feel this was not a total victory, but we did have great ideas in the works when the timer was up. If anything, It was a learning experience in working with others, and how point of views on times sometimes do not match up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Parks and Rec: The Camel

In the Parks and Rec episode, The Camel, Leslie and the team are trying to come up with a new idea for the "out of date" mural in the town hall building. As she puts her rag-tag team together, we quickly see everyone has their own ideas of what is "good" art, but no one shares the same ideas. When they cannot come to a decision, they decide to blend them all together, only to create a bigger mess.
After they get a lovely review of their work, Leslie forces the team to pick a neutral drawing that invokes no feeling from anyone. After realizing that this drawing isn't as special as the mess created by them all, Leslie dumps the idea and just wants here friends back. They did not win the new mural submission contest, but no team did.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Writing to Win Business and Propsals Reading

Writing to Win Business:

It is very important that a designer can use a verbal language just as much as they know their design language. A defined voice of who you are as a designer has to shine through. The more one seems to know of their craft the more likely one can convince someone they are the architect/designer for their project. Having a graphic art design tied into the logo of your company can also be very eye-catching.


Proposals are used for designers/ architects to drum up business for themselves. It is a way to send your talents in a typed form to possible clients to take on the work that they need completed. It is very important to be precise here and really shine light on your previous work as well as your time and their collective talents together.


Piotrowski, C. M. (2002). Professional Practice for Interior Designers. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Collaborative, Creative Placemaking: Good Public Art Depends on Good Public Spaces Reading

Public art may appear that it is solely created by an artist, but architect and designers can create public art pieces as well. We all approach projects with the same process.

Location of art helps to determine if it will be successful or not. Placing something in an area of low visibility, it may not be seen and not appreciated to it's full potential. Also, if it is placed in an area that people do not seeing as worth going to, it may not be seen at all. This can be found when art is put in rundown or "bad" areas where people would not feel safe viewing it.

Cynthia Nikitin. (n.d.). Collaborative, Creative Placemaking: Good Public Art Depends on Good Public Spaces. In PPS: Projects for Public Spaces.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good Public Art vs Bad Public Art

This is Julian Beavers street art. It was used as a campaign for Coca Cola. It is 2D, but looks 3D.

This piece I think is literal and tacky. Not a fan at all.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First Readings

Mural Painting:

Explains in great detail how and what needs to be done to create a mural. A very informative how to guide. Explaining how to appeal to the audience, stay within time and budget for the project, and what paints work on what surfaces and the differences in creating an indoor or outdoor mural.

The Heidelberg Project:

Explains how art can be viewed in different ways through an example/case study in Detroit. A rundown, vacant neighborhood has been transformed into a colorful piece of art. Some praise it, others think it is tacky and more of an eyesore to the area. Art truly is in the eye of the beholder.

Exploring Local Green Ways:

Takes a look at the growing Green way trail around downtown Greensboro, NC. It shows how local artists to the area have taken pieces of our history, culture, and tradition and turned it into creative benches that have a unique look and character. My favorite of the reads.

 Mural at Mirfield Station:

This reading brought together the two elements of our semester to come I believe. The combo of public art like the Glenwood mural design, and Rail stations. It also speaks on hoe2 graffiti art is a growing form of expression and it is becoming more and more welcomed in areas.


Golden Artist Colors, Inc. (2002, November). Mural Painting. Just Paint. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from
The Heidelberg Project | Open-Air Art | Art Education | Detroit. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2014, from
Candler, L. (2013, April 8). Exploring Local Greenways: Greensboro’s Artistic Twist. WUNC 91.5. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from
Shaw, M. (2013, November 19). Young people unveil mural at Mirfield Railway Station. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from