Class Notes for Week Five

“Parting Ways” Discussion (Interesting Points and How it Connects to BED):

  • The land occupied was given to the residents after requiring to clear-cut trees.
  • Pottery, that dated the site, was handed down to the residents,
  • The Burr house shows the buildable nature was history.
  • Pottery in the Burr house, allowed investigators to discover more about the occupant’s culture.
  • The freedmen seemed to be assimilated but instead blended Anglo-American culture with what we know today as African-American culture through artifacts and sculpture.
    • Example 1: Burr house based off of shotgun house in Haiti, but had a New England exterior.
    • Example 2: Graves were another example of African roots.
  • The sign was evidence that the community members owned the land. Also, could be a sort of memorial.
  • People once thought the trauma of passage and slavery erased the culture of Africa, but what we learned was that it was actually kept alive through successive generations.
    • Architecture provided this information.
  • Over time the different elements build what we find today.
  • How do they compare to other cultures/environments? Make inferences and conclusions.
  • What’s there? What’s not there? Why is it not there?
  • Architecture has no bias. The houses made in the “Parting Ways” community for comfort, not to represent a particular style.
  • Archeological records have somewhat of a “historical transparency”.
  • Men lived there due to the “persistence of bias and the impulse of segregation”.
  • The documents help give us context.
    • Example: They were free men. They had wives and children.
  • This is the purpose of BED. To research how other communities were built.
  • Bringing together field experience and outside research (built analysis).
  • “Parting Ways” is a historical built environment.
  • Scholarly article but approachable due to lack of jargon.

Built Environment Description:

  • Due February 12th (Sunday).
  • Can narrow down environment if it’s too large to capture detail.
  • Over semesters, will eventually contribute to archive (ongoing university project).
  • You don’t have to do any research outside of experience, but you may include it to provide context.
  • Need to have focus on same detail for both the objective and subjective essay.
  • Written in present tense.
  • Date of observation should be included.
  • Length: 500 words each.
  • Include photo, videos, etc.
  • “Quality over Quantity”.