Saturday, February 5, 2011

4th Blog Post (Commodity, Firmness, and Delight)

Through out all of the places that we visited on campus on Friday, I believe that the main entrance to the Jackson Library created the highest levels of commodity, firmness, and delight.
            Unlike the columns inside the Moore Humanities & Research Administration, the columns outside the Jackson Library real and used for structure. They are made from white stone and are ionic columns, which, to me, are the most aesthetically pleasing. Also, just the white stone against the brick building, really makes the semi-circle stand out.
 The view and the connection that you get just standing under this semi-circle, staring out at another circle in the ground on college avenue, leading your eye and body to the Stone building makes the view more magical. The Stone building houses the school of Human Environmental Sciences, which includes nutrition, apparel, family studies, and interior architecture, which are typically thought of to be a woman’s career. The fact that the circles lead a building “just for women” may seem strange, and unimportant, until you look at the history of UNCG and remember that UNCG was first an all women’s college. And to add to the delight, the pathway leading to the Stone building is ended with a “wu-wu” of sorts, with, once again, my favorite, ionic columns. The repetition there is so strong it’s like poetry.

But along with the repetition of circles being delightful, it also serves as firmness. The semi-circle along with the columns at the Jackson Library mark the entrance, making the commodity and the usefulness high in scoring. The circle in college avenue is also very useful in marking the median between the entrance to the Stone building and the entrance to the library. Which also shows the significance of the Stone building in relation to the library; they both are used for learning, but one is mainly from the historical past and the other is rising in technology for the future.
The Jackson Library was built in 1950, which makes it about 61 years old. Although it’s not the oldest building in the world or even the campus, 61 years is still a long time for a building to still be standing and in great condition. This just proves how it scored a high ranking on firmness. 

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