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  1. Oct 2016
    1. essentially human phenomenon

      This is a great way to summarize the idea of our growing agender society. Certain things aren't gender specific but gender specificity isn't human.

    2. having safe places for anybody to function and do what they need to do, no matter who they are, should be our first step

      Yes. Literally yes.

    3. Annemiek van der Beek’s Primal Skin makeup line has been designed to be appealing to the male buyer

      In a way, this still perpetuates a gendered-society. Why does it have to be a makeup line specifically for males? Why can't it just be a makeup line that anyone can use? Granted, men can use every pre-exisiting makeup that women use now. We don't have to 'invite' them to this game with their own line so they can feel like they're not using 'feminine' products.

    4. feminism

      Feminism for the win! There is a small problem though, I believe, with using this concept to combat the 'dominate male world'. While feminism refers to the equality of the sexes, we do not know if the circumstances surrounding these male dominated areas actually include inequality. Maybe there are more males in the tech world because we aren't promoting technology jobs to girls. That doesn't involve feminism as a solution; that involves a deeper, more meaningful look at how we gender things in our society.

    5. predominantly male perspective

      This is a concept that comes up a lot within all subjects - politics, movies, etc. While the world is becoming a more gender-diversified place, men still dominate.

    6. Designers, who should focus a critical eye on society’s issues, need to work within this discourse and help promote acceptance and change.

      This is what 'they say'. Basically a thesis statement.

    1. Student-nature interactions during study breaks help restore attention

      I would love to see if there have been any psychological studies involving this theory.

    2. Such holistic landscapes can impact student learning because they provide multiple everyday opportunities for multi-sensorial, student-nature encounters–

      I wonder if this is still true even with the rise of technology. Can we truly get a full, natural experience if we have our phones in hand? Even without technology, do many students even spend much free time outside besides the time it takes to walk from one building to another?

    3. like miniature cities

      I literally think about this concept every single time I'm on the AU campus. I feel like I'm in a mini city. You could live on campus and sustain yourself for quite some time. But, does this maybe create a kind of false sense in students? If they feel like they have all their basic needs, then what is their motivation to leave their immediate environment?

    4. ring road” type of plan, in which vehicles were mostly kept outside the pedestrian oriented campus core

      This is where we begin to see some environmental barriers built - possibly for the good?

    5. Many university founders desired to create an ideal community that was a place apart, secluded from city distraction but still open to the larger community

      So they technically wanted to secluded people on the campus from the community, but allow the community in? That seems kinda contradictory. What are the effects of this seclusion? Have college students become less secluded with the developments in transportation (shuttles, Metro, Uber, etc) and, therefore, more distracted?

    6. One way to examine this potential is to consider the entire campus with its buildings, roads and natural open spaces as a well-networked landscape system that supports student learning experiences.

      This connects back to what we have been talking about in regards to networks! I had never considered the idea of our campus being a network.

    7. Americans expect a university campus to look different than other places (

      I wonder why we expect campuses to look different. I kinda feel like we get this predisposed idea of what they are supposed to look like (from media or people we know) so that frames our expectations.

    8. Therefore, we propose that the natural landscape of a university campus is an attentional learning resource for its students.

      Thesis - they are basically arguing that the landscape of a campus has effects on how students learn (they need nature).

    9. American higher education institutions face unique twenty-first century changes and challenges in providing good, holistic learning spaces for the diverse and evolving needs of today’s college student.

      Strong opening statement - right to the point.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. Guy Debord

      According to Wikipedia, Guy Debord was a Marxist theorist from France. He wrote famous book called "The Society of the Spectacle" which sparked the Situationist International movement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Debord

    2. A tourist’s map will guide a visitor to theaters, restaurants, shopping centers, and museums. Meanwhile, every unprofitable location is treated as an abyss on traditional city maps.

      This point is definitely relevant within today's cities. People visiting tend to focus on the spectacle of the 'attractions' and don't appreciate the simple neighborhoods or places not on a map. There's little exploring if you don't live in that particular city. (connecting to why we're doing this project - getting out into less traveled parts of the city)

    3. twentieth century Marxist ideas developed by the Situationist International.

      theory 1 intro. Doesn't Marxist have something to do with communism?

    4. Because shelter is an essential part of sustaining oneself, identity is closely tied to one’s place of home, and because no place is guaranteed to be a permanent home, this aspect of identity is consistently fragile.

      This is a super interesting point. There is almost no stable network between humans and their dwellings. Also, how much does our housing define us within our society?

    1. s,

      Introductory phrase. IC

    2. , and, consequently,

      IC, fanboys, interrupting phrase thing, DC

    3. ,

      Introductory phrase, IC

    4. , then,

      I don't exactly know what to call this comma pattern. Maybe it's an interrupting phrase? s,, v?

    5. ,

      IC, DC.

    6. ,

      DC, IC.

    7. , "

      DC, IC.

    8. Many scholars see the job of rhetorical pedagogy


    9. The practice advocated by Wells and Weisser reaffirms


    10. Similarly


    11. then


    12. Many scholars see the job of rhetorical pedagogy as helping students to forge real relationships with publics and counterpublics.

      Topic sentence, introduces her point about scholars in relation to rhetorical pedagogy (their thoughts)

    13. In fact, it does not matter whether one cares or does not care about the issue at hand. What matters is the challenge of inquiry itself.

      I found the whole idea of inquiry to be questionable. When someone is passionate about a topic, it creates a totally different body of work than someone who works with the same subject and has no interest in it at all. It brings up the question, is work of inquiry as valid or meaningful as work pursed because of caring? Does it depend on the subject and the person? Or maybe what they are writing/creating in result? (As a note: I'm not discrediting the work of inquiry. I'm more interested in looking at the differences between the of work of inquiry vs. work of passion.)

    14. pedagogy

      "the art or science of teaching" (dictionary.com) http://www.dictionary.com/browse/pedagogy

    1. The placement of highways so as to intentionally displace poor black neighborhoods is even more familiar.152 Policymakers “purposeful[ly]” decided to route highways through the center of cities, often with the intent “to destroy low-income and especially black neighborhoods in an effort to reshape the physical and racial landscapes of the postwar American city.”153

      After reading this point, I looked up the history of US highways and when many were created. The Interstate Highway System was created in 1956, so the idea of the policymakers deciding to route highways to avoid black neighborhoods seems very probable. I also wonder if there was a safety side to making the highways that way since highways are big, congested, and can be quite dangerous for citizens. Also, highways might have been built in those routes because most people driving on them were traveling to the center of cities for work (less looking to go into smaller neighborhoods or non-white communities - especially since most people who bought cars back then were wealthy whites).


    2. Residents and policymak-ers in those areas have rejected proposals to bring Atlanta’s rapid transit net-work (MARTA) into their communities, which would have allowed inner-city workers easy access to these suburban jobs via public transit.

      I wonder what that exact reasons were for rejecting that proposal. Is the author inferring that our communities still actively and intentionally put up barriers to keep people out? I feel like the absence of the exact proposals and rejection reasons makes this point weak.