Urban Design Journal By: Mackenzie Corson

March 5, 2017

Central Park is a large scale green space in the middle of New York City. This public space is used for many things, housing the Central Park zoo, an iceskating rink, a lake, wildlife and many more activities. This space is necessary for the city and works great. People are about to take a rest out of the busy hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a green space with great views of the city skyline.

March 6, 2017

Traveling through the city of New York, you are surrounded by skyscrapers and busy streets. As you can see there is massive construction going on in-between two large buildings in the city. Someone traveling along this road, like myself can't enjoy this view. I my eyes felt interrupted by the large crane sticking out instead of being about to enjoy the architecture. Instead of building another skyscraper in one of the biggest cities, the city planners could have suggested a green space. Allowing another place of rest of the busy city.

March 5, 2017

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum catches someones eye from miles away. This beautiful piece of architecture allows for the people to remember and pray for those who were lost in 9/11. Surrounded but trees and benches, the building is able to be viewed an admired. The public space surrounding the museum invited people to come and take a moment of silence around a greatly designed environment.

March 4, 2017

Amongst large skyscrapers and busy streets lies a place of worship. This incredibly built cathedral stands out from the ordinary buildings surrounded it. As I walked the street, there were many people stopping to take pictures and admire this unique structure. The space was planned well with areas for people to stop and sit on the stairs and a large side walk for people to be able to stop and not get run over by the crowded streets.

March 5, 2017

Walking along the streets of New York you can come across small residential areas. These areas were obvious to notice because the decrease in traffic with cars and people on foot. The people that were out and about were casually strolling with their dogs, or with lunch in their hand. Bellow the residential complexes were little stores and restaurants, one of which we ate at. The buildings were old as you can see the air-conditioning units in the windows along with the old brick covering the facade. However, these spaces seemed quaint and relaxed in the mix of a crazy, crowded city.

February 15, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia is another large city with a lot going on. This view took me by surprise because you see a mix of everything. I was standing in a field, between the Aquarium and Coca Cola Factory. There were trees and benches surrounding me. Across the way you can see part of the skyline of the city of Atlanta along with a ferris wheel created for public entertainment and fun. Taking in this view showed me Atlanta isn't just like any big city like New York or L.A. but it has its unique character. The planner who designed this knew this view would be one everyone could enjoy.

March 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. is an incredible city. Before this trip I had never been and could never understand why people raved for it. However, after the first hour of walking around I feel in love. The National Mall is something that can't ever be explained as well as seeing it in person. The large grass plaza stretching from end to end allows for direct circulation to all the monuments and museums along the mall. As I was walking down the paths, people were running, socializing and enjoying themselves all around me in this public space.

March 17, 2017

The Capital Building, a place everyone knows of and has seen in pictures or on TV. The people that are lucky to take in this breathtaking view in person are able to experience something great. At one end of the National Mall, the pond in front was filled with ducks and people sitting around enjoying their lunch, chatting with friends or just taking a second to themselves. The space allows people to be able to enjoy the environment with trees and green space while admiring one of the most important buildings in the country. The whole mall area is large and planned well to let tourists take pictures while not having to disturb the locals just on their lunch breaks.

March 18, 2017

On the other end of the National Mall lies the Washington Monument. Across the street the monument sits on a small hill surrounded by lags and places of people to walk around, sit, and take pictures. Every day I walked or drove by, there were hundreds of people enjoying the space designed around the monument. Without a grassy area and large spacial surroundings, people would feel uncomfortable taking their own time and taking in the view. When I stood on top of the hill in front of the monument I felt like an ant surrounded by so many more important things in life. The experience was breathtaking.

March 11, 2017

Hutchinson Island, Florida a place I call my hometown. While taking this picture I was standing on beach sand. This small road runs between the intercostal waterway and the east coast beach. The road is less than 10 miles long with nothing but beach houses and small parking lots for beach access. This spot is one of my favorites to stand at. The beach is my happy place and this spot makes me the most relaxed and content person I can ever be. The small dock allows for people to fish off of, enjoy the view or even have picnic. My favorite thing to do when I go home is sit at the end of the dock and watch the sun set right across the water.

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