Geography13th Street Commercial District:1. Spend at least 10 minutes observing the cultural landscape of this space where the UO campus and Eugene meet. What do you notice about the space? What comes to mind? How do you feel? How would you describe this place to someone who had never been here? Try using all of your senses and focusing on your current observations of the space rather than memories or background knowledge.2. Observe the one block of 13th Street located between Kincaid and Alder Streets. As you walk up and down the block, consider this commercial district. What tastes, values, and aspirations does this landscape reflect? Are there signs of fear on the landscape? What activities is this place designed for? What physical features encourage certain activities? What kinds of activities would be out of place here? Are there particular people who would be out of place here?Place and Meaning:For the next part of this exercise, you will need a digital camera. If you don?t have one, a camera can be checked out from Media Services in the basement of the Knight Library.Think about Eugene, its landscapes and the feelings they evoke when you look at them. Then imagine yourself trying to convince someone to move to Eugene/Springfield. If you could give them a tour of the UO campus or the city, what would you show them? What would you avoid showing them?For this exercise, find two local landscapes that are meaningful to you. The first place should the represent the best parts of the city, the kind of landscape that you would use to try to convince someone to move here. The second should be a landscape that you would avoid showing a visitor, once with conflict or tension in it that represents something unpleasant about the city. Consider everything ? from the striking to the mundane, the unique to the plain. Think of things such as buildings, monuments, symbols, signs, indications of activities, material goods, and architecture, ? all evidence of human activity. Then, use the digital camera to take pictures of each landscape ? be sure to include landscape details, and feel free to take them from different angles or zooms.When you get back home, download the pictures onto your computer. Choose the best photos to represent your two places. Label your two landscape pictures. For each picture, give a title, which identifies your place, and a creative subtitle that captures your sense of the place represented in the picture. Then, somewhere appropriate and in small type below, type in the details of the location, the data, and your name as photographer. You may use more than one image or perspective for each landscape.Now, using the Lewis reading, interpret the landscapes. What is it in each landscape that evokes strong positive or negative feelings? What can you say about local culture, values, identity, society, etc.? You will find that many of the features could have a number of different meanings. That?s OK, what do they mean to you ? you are the one reading the landscape. Try not to get side-tracked by what you already know about the landscape features concentrate on what is there and what you see. Identify at least four meaningful landscape features in each of your landscapes. Be sure to use a mix of cultural, historical, ecological, and other clues.!
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