- Sep 2016
Among Americans, for example, people for whom private space is a highly valued commodity,
Much like Dr. Fernandez discussed in his class, the view of personal property and items is a very American idea. In Japan, for example, public property is seen as more important than the living space of the individual, as shown by the picture here (http://i.imgur.com/8gAqB.jpg). The living spaces in japan are typically smaller as time is spent outside in public rather than in the home.
My Tiny Japanese Apartment. 2011. Photograph.
Essentially, the reason we look at architecture is that it provides information on culture and people living there that hasn't been written.
Material culture m aybe defined, following Deetz, as “that segment of [the human] physical environment which is purposely shaped . . . according to culturally dictated plans
Can an individual's own personally made belongings not be considered? Likely not because a personally made good is typically for use rather than decoration.
The sewers imply a standard of hygiene in DeKalb's culture at that time. Be it a low or high standard depends on the population at that time.
Maps, blueprints, historic photographs, and paintings can also reveal information about vernacular architecture
The old sewers indicate that previously that are was either not as densely populated or shows the cultural increase in hygiene. This is evidenced because in the modern day, the population has grown and caused a stress on the sewers.
Buildings in the past were built without thoughts of buildings of the future, as evidenced by my article. This helps push the idea of the egocentric mindset that is so common in America.
Sewers are made systematically, and sometimes that system has to be updated or changed for future use, such as in my article. People in the past cannot predict how things will be used in the future, so they build them with their present in mind.
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Humans in the past had to build sewage tunnels so as to not get disease from waste and to not infect their food. Sewers were and still are an important part of society.
Summary for the sewage in DeKalb: Outdated sewers have affected the county for decades. Built in a time where they were sufficient, the older sewage lines are now at capacity and cannot handle any more sewage added onto them. If they were to have these buildings added, there would be a high risk of sewage pipes breaking and leaking into the buildings, causing chaos and health concerns for many patrons of the sites.
The buildings are seeking alternative solutions. One development is offering to have a septic tank built and to discharge during slower hours. For another development, a lift was proposed that could lift the sewage up to a higher basin. The city hopes to push through this challenge and continue with all of the approved developments as planned.
Niesse, Mark. "Sewer Problems Threaten Dekalb's Growth." From the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.
Such as hygiene practice, which is something the analysis of the architecture of the sewers can help us understand.