Green Community (Alex)

11 11 2008

Today’s guest speaker talked alot about different green communities. Because new design today seems to be geared in the direction of green design, and making the world ecologically friendly green communities are starting to take a bigger and more prominent form. Green communities try to incorporate the natural landscape with the built. Some important aspects of a green community are that it tries to separate itself from the other built environments around it. For instance their may be a residential zone with schools and corner stores within walking or biking distance. Car transport is not the preferred form of transportation as walking or talking the bus. Green space is Incorporated into the yards and around the houses to larger degres. There is a emphasis on the maintaining parts of the natural environment around them (such as less  cutting down of trees) The may also be a emphasis on thinks such as green roofs, composting, recycling plants, and sustainable heating or electrical solutions. The entire idea revolves around the community being ecologically friendly and at least partially self-sustaining and no longer needing to rely on things such as cars or large strip malls to form a community. As discussed in class there are more and more cities that are trying to encourage the development of green communities, not only to help make the city (and county) more environmentally friendly and appealing but to also help to do their part in creating alternate means to living a green life. Although I do not live in a green community myself, by doing small things like composting and even creating my own garden, I can do my part in helping the earth be as sustainable as possible.

Some good examples of cities with green communities integrated into them are Toronto and Dubai, here are some websites to look at their green communites.


Roses (Alex)

27 10 2008

I thought that while talking about colours and the different meanings of colours it was kind of interesting how different colours have specific meanings. For example the rose. There are many different colours of roses and all have a specific meaining  them. Your boyfriend or husband for example would more likely give you a red rose because is symbolizes passion. On your wedding day you may have a mixture of red and white roses, symbolizing passion and innocence. A friend may give you a orange rose to show friendship and enthusiasm. I find this interesting especially while studding design because roses are not the only vegetation that has meaning with colour. For instance, lilies and grass sometimes represent tranquillity and are soft whites and greens. You may see this in a meditation garden. Sunflowers may represent happiness and brightness. When someone had a rock garden or sand instead of vegetation it may represent solitude.

Look around you you may be surprised with all of the different colours of plats and vegetation. you may also be surprised about the emotion the comes out from you when you see that plant, like a rose.

Colour (Alex)

10 10 2008

Today was the second part to our lecture on colours. The different meanings behind different colours was discussed and received in different architectural and landscape sites. Colours can give off meaning and attach intent to it. For instance a black building is less welcoming then a yellow house. Although the meaning of colours differs for many people their are basic feelings and emotions that are usually associated with each colour. Here is a list:

  RedLight red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.

Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brownsuggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.


orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.


Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.


Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.


Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.


Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.


White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.


Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.


I also think it is really interesting how even though these colours may mean different things to different people, for the most part they can draw out very strong emotions and feelings to everyone.